Colin Edwards will have plenty to celebrate this weekend as he takes part in his 150th Grand Prix and hopes to mark the occasion with a good result at Aragon. The Texan will also be hoping to avoid the arm pump problem that left him in agony two weeks ago at Misano and feels the break has allowed him to recover physically.
“I can’t believe I’m going to be making my 150th MotoGP appearance this weekend. It feels like only yesterday since I moved from World Superbikes but I’ve had an awesome time in MotoGP and long may it continue. Although it is a landmark race in my MotoGP career I’ll just try and treat it like every other race and do the best possible job I can for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. The Aragon track has a really cool layout and I can’t wait to get back there, even though my result wasn’t the best last season.”
“I’m definitely keen to bounce back from Misano, which didn’t end how I expected at all. I had a great weekend up until the race but the arm pump was the worst I’ve ever had. I’ve had a few days to rest and relax at home so I’m sure I’m going to be 100 per cent this weekend.”
Tech 3 teammate Cal Crutchlow scored more valuable points at Misano after coming home in tenth, his best result in seven races. With his confidence boosted, the Briton is looking to pick up where he left off with another strong performance.
“I’m raring to start this weekend having spent a few days with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in France. It has been great spending some quality time with the crew while also training hard after a couple of really physically demanding races in Indianapolis and Misano. We’ve managed to pick up a couple of respectable results recently to restore my confidence, but as a rider you always want more, so the goal this weekend will be to qualify and finish the race inside the top 10.”
“Aragon is another track I’ve only ever seen on TV and I can’t wait to ride it. It looks like a lot of fun with some undulation and some fast, sweeping corners. I think it might suit my style because it doesn’t look like a circuit with a lot of strong braking points. It is never easy trying to learn a new track, but the confidence gained in the last couple of the races means we can start the weekend in a positive frame of mind.”
The Gran Premio de AragÃ³n weekend gets underway with Free Practice 1 at 9:10am on Friday and The Checkered Flag will have full coverage throughout the weekend.