After a podium at Qatar and then a difficult weekend in Malaysia, Colin Edwards is eager to return to the front in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix - a 'home race' at a track the Texan knows well.

"To me Phillip Island is like a home grand prix," commented Edwards. "My family lives here, in particular my dad. I have aunts and uncles who live in Australia and they all come to see me at the race. When I arrive here I feel the same as when I raced in SBK and arrived at Laguna Seca. I feel a lot of pressure."

Like many riders Edwards enjoys racing around the Phillip Island circuit, with it's mix of high and low speed corners.

"This is my favourite track. There are no better or worse parts because it is a fantastic combination of slow and fast corners and change of directions. There is a bit of everything!

"On this track it's vital to have an excellent set up. If you have it then there shouldn't be any problems in doing a fast lap. A non-aggressive ride is needed at Philip Island, it is important to follow your line," concluded Edwards.