Colin Edwards is looking for a return to form at Laguna Seca after a tough weekend for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team at last weekend's German Grand Prix.

The French squad suffered from a lack of grip at the Sachsenring and Edwards could only manage tenth, finishing behind the works Suzuki and both works Ducatis. But the Texan feels the team have made progress with the YZR-M1 and will be much stronger this weekend.

“I am really looking forward to the weekend and although 10th in Germany wasn’t the result we wanted, it was actually a positive race. We certainly learned a few things about the bike because we made a lot of changes, so I’ve got good reason to be optimistic of fighting for the top six this weekend. That’s my goal anyway and if we have a smooth weekend, I’m sure that’s achievable. I want to get a strong result not just because it’s my home race, but it will make the summer break more relaxing and enjoyable and set me up for a strong push in the final part of the season.”

Laguna Seca will mark Edwards' home race, and is also the venue where he achieved his equal-best finish in Grand Prix racing back in 2005. The 37 year old will have plenty of local support and is desperate to give them something to shout about on Sunday.

 “I can’t wait to get to Laguna because I love the place so much. I have a lot of family and friends that are coming which always makes it extra special, but the American fans are brilliant to me, so hopefully I can send them home smiling on Sunday night with a good result. It has been a bit manic since Germany because I flew straight to LA to shoot another movie for Yamaha. They are always good fun and I really enjoy myself, so a big thanks to Yamaha US for all they do in arranging that for us.”