Following the departure of previous tyre supplier - and title sponsor - Dunlop, the French-based Tech 3 team had a clean canvas with which to work and has opted to keep the yellow of recent seasons, but mix it with blue, France's traditional racing colour.

The new colours made a promising debut during the first day of the official test at Jerez, with Edwards fourth fastest and MotoGP rookie Toseland - the reigning double World Superbike champion - just behind him in fifth.