Colin Edwards is expecting a strong weekend at the German Grand Prix after putting the last two disappointing races down to a bad tyre choice. The Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider lost ground in the latter stages at Assen and Mugello but admitted that the team simply took a risk that didn't pay off.
The American is adamant that the team won't make the same mistake this time, and is focused on securing another strong points finish on Sunday.
“The last two races haven’t been that fantastic but we can point to a bad tyre choice in both for that. We’ve got to take some responsibility for that but sometimes you roll the dice and gamble but the result doesn’t go your way. That’s all behind me now and I’m just concentrating 100 per cent on getting a good result in Germany this weekend.”
The 3.671km Sachsenring circuit is among the slowest on the calendar and is in sharp contrast to the high speeds reached at Mugello. The Italian round proved difficult for Edwards as he continues to recover from his recently broken collarbone, but he isn't expecting as much trouble this weekend.
“This track is pretty special with so many left-hand turns but our chassis is much better than last year, so I’m sure the bike will be easier to ride in the tight and twisty sections. The break after Mugello has really helped my physical condition. I’ve been able to get some good rest and the muscle damage around the ribs on the right side of my body isn’t as painful as it was. I’ll only understand how much of an improvement there’s been on Friday when I get on the bike, but I’m expecting a lot less discomfort than in Mugello where it was quite tough.”
Edwards hasn't enjoyed the greatest of success in Germany, with a single fourth placed finish his best result, but the 37 year old is looking forward to the event which marks the start of an important week for him.
“Aside from 2003 when I had the fireball at the bottom of the hill, I’ve really enjoyed my time at Sachsenring. The German fans are really knowledgeable and they love MotoGP, so hopefully we can put on a good show for them. I’ll be looking for a good result to take some momentum into my home race at Laguna Seca, which is a huge weekend for me and one I’m already excited about.”