Colin Edwards finished preparations for the start of his ninth MotoGP season in cautious fashion at Qatar on Monday, but with confidence in his 2011 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machinery.
A fierce gusting wind made for unpredictable conditions on the second and final night and, perhaps aware of the hand injury to rookie team-mate Cal Crutchlow, Edwards didn’t push as hard as might of.
Nevertheless, the Texan was eighth fastest – having been sixth on Sunday – with his best lap time one second from the top, but only a few tenths from fourth.
“It has been another positive test and now I’m really looking forward to the racing starting,” said Edwards, looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2010.
“The bike has been working awesome again at this track and it shows the hard work we put in during the two tests at Sepang has really paid off.
“We haven’t really needed to make any major changes to the bike and that is a good sign. If you can take the bike to a completely different track and it works then it shows we’ve found a good set-up and I’m confident we go into the new season with a really good package.
“I want to be further up the timesheets with a better lap time but it is the last day of testing before we start racing and I just didn’t want to risk pushing for an outright lap time in those conditions.
“The wind was so bad in places it was blowing the front-end out from underneath you, so I didn’t want to be caught out.
“I feel really motivated and excited and while I know it is going to be a tough year, I feel we can put up a good fight. The field is probably the strongest it’s ever been but I’m ready to go out there and fight for some good results.”
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