YEEHAW!!! Wonder if he'll still be quick when he gets a feel for it? All is forgiven Honda (by me anyway). Who's getting Rossi's seat? This is shaping up to be a quite interesting '04 season. 4 DUCATI'S!
The confusion is that Colin was not at Valencia, where Sundays race was, but at Catalunya where Rossi set fast lap of the race this year at 145.472. Colin was not as fast but faster in race trim. It's a bit Apples and Oranges though because testing and racing are different. A 145.3 in this scenario just shows that he (Edwards) can get around pretty quick on a bike that he hasn't had much time on let alone been riding for two years.
where last June Rossi set a lap race record at 1'45.472" Check out the motogp web site for a great pic of colin on the Honda. He looks better with hair. Also you can vote for colin to win the title: right now he is trailing in a vote about evenly split.
Yes, "pretty quick" describes it. Compared to Rossi, Gibernau, Biaggi, Checa, Capirossi and Tamada and quite possibly Hayden, he's not a contender. Better equipment might help, but IMHO he doesn't have the drive or the talent to consistently win at MotoGP against the "Big Boys" or, more importantly, the championship. He consistently keeps the Honda name up there, and that's why he's liked by the Honda folks. He'll have more podium chances when Rossi retires to race cars, and when Gibernau, Biaggi, Checa, Capirossi, Hayden and Tamada all quit, which they won't, so in all likelyhood Edwards will continue to be the "steady eddy" and take his paycheck. How does the song go? "Nice work, if you can get it."
How do you figure that? Did you happen to SEE the last half of the 2002 WSBK season?
Look how far Nicky Hayden has come, despite being behind on such experience. Some say it's because he's on superior machinery. Well we'll see what the TT does with such machinery. We've all seen what he does with a competitive bike--err, almost all of us.