This just in from CoTA:
Only two months until the world's premier motorcycle racing series, MotoGP, returns to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) April 11-13, and U.S. MotoGP riders Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden are busy getting their respective teams and bikes ready to compete. The new year brings new equipment and plenty of new challenges for these daredevils on two wheels. This week, the "Texas Tornado," Colin Edwards, cuts to the chase on his early takeaways from the first preseason test in Malaysia.
IN THE GARAGE with...COLIN EDWARDS
U.S. MotoGP Rider (#5)
Team: NGM Mobile Forward Racing
Motorcycle: FTR Yamaha
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF SEPANG TESTING...
COTA: What were your major takeaways from your first 2014 preseason test in Malaysia?
COLIN: The good thing is we know the bike is competitive. I struggled a bit with front end feel, but we have a direction for next test. All in all, considering my teammate's time, it was a good test for us. (NOTE: Edwards' teammate, Aleix Espargaró, finished the Sepang test with a best lap time of 1:59.998, one of only four riders to complete a lap in less than two minutes.)
No. 5 Colin Edwards, the 'Texas Tornado,' during the recent MotoGP tests at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia
COTA: What will you and your team focus on prior to the next test session (Feb. 26-28)?
COLIN: Mainly figuring out how to induce more feel on the front. We have some ideas and the guys are headed back to the workshop to make it happen.
Edwards and the NGM Mobile Forward Team will be back at Sepang next week for the next round of preseason tests.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE...
COTA: What's your favorite meal after a long day at the track?
COLIN: My favorite meal after a long day of riding is without a doubt Penne Arrabbiata. I like spicy food anyways, but mixed with a big plate of fuel is delicious!
COTA: Who is the person in motorsports you admire most and why?
COLIN: Hmmm, that's hard to pick out just one. I admire anyone who straps on a helmet and chases their dream. From Chad Reed to (Sebastian) Vettel to Valentino (Rossi) and across the board...I admire them all.