But the Texan acknowledges that work still needs to be done to accomplish this
COLIN EDWARDS has said that for CRT bikes to be competitive they must first control the power delivery but once this is managed they will began to surprise people.
Explaining the point he made after signing with the NGM Forward Racing squad - saying that the CRT bikes will surprise some people at certain tracks - Edwards told the official MotoGP website: "In a perfect world, if I had a motorcycle with 250HP that did everything I wanted it to, yes, I believe CRT bikes would surprise people at some particular tracks.
"The only question now is: will this 250HP be deliverable? Until we get that sorted and can ride the bike to the limit, then we are going to struggle. When we get to that point, then yes, I do believe the CRT bikes will surprise some people at some of the tracks."
The main element holding back the collection of CRT bikes on the grid is the electronics package, according to Edwards he can only ride the Suter-BMW at 65 per cent because the electronics are not like anything 'that he is accustomed to and they aren't consistent enough', but the Texan acknowledges that the bike has potential.
"Anytime we made even a little change to the electronics, it made the bike better as an overall package, even though we never changed any geometry settings," said Edwards. "Anytime you make the electronics better you make the bike better. I wasn’t even at a point where I could say, 'OK the chassis needs this, the swingarm needs that,' because we couldn’t get there.
"Until you can ride the bike at 100 percent, you are going to go in circles if you start changing things. You first need to fix the electronics, that is the main thing."
MotoGP testing resumes at Sepang on January 31st, the scene of the tragic accident that claimed the life of Marco Simoncelli. Edwards was involved in the crash and said his return to the Malaysian circuit will be emotional but added that it was important to get back on track.
The Texan continued: "I’m not worried about what kind of gap there will be; I’m more worried about being able to ride the hell out of a motorcycle. If I’m held back by electronics or something, then that is where we need to work.
"I’m going out there and ride the bike as fast as I possibly can and see what happens. If I had to give a number, I’d be really happy with a time of 2’03 or 2’02. Can we do that? I’ll just have to wait and see."
Posted: 26/01/2012 at 15:36
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