Colin Edwards is already concentrating on an improved performance at Motegi in two weeks after a challenging weekend at Aragon. The American struggled with a lack of rear grip throughout the race and the problem didn't ease on race day, leaving him the final classified finisher in 13th.
Edwards added that the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew made changes to the bike to try and solve the problem which hurt his already modest straight-line speed.
“That certainly wasn’t a great way to celebrate my 150th race in MotoGP. We tried to get the bike right all weekend but we were pretty much chasing our tails the whole time. We were trying to improve the rear grip to compensate for the speed we lose on the straight and for the race we altered the weight distribution again. We put a lot of weight on the rear but it never really worked. After about five laps the grip just went down and I wasn’t expecting it to drop off that quickly. Once that happened I couldn’t stay in that group I was in and I just went backwards. If somebody gave me 10 million Euros to do a 1:51 right now, there is no way I could do it. The last two races have been pretty tough, so we’ll get our heads together and try and come up with a solution for Japan and aim to be fighting back in the top 10 where I have been all season.”
Team Manager Herve Poncharal was also keen to forget this weekend and expects Edwards to be back on his best form in Japan.
“It was a difficult weekend for Colin and definitely not the way any of us wanted to mark his 150th MotoGP race. He took a gamble on the set-up and he also used the soft front tyre and unfortunately this time it didn’t pay off. All he could do was finish and get some points and we hope he can quickly forget this weekend and return to the form we know he is capable of in Japan.”