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July 14th, 2008, 07:09 PM   #1
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The Barcelona-based magazine Solo Moto has announced on the online version of the publication that American Colin Edwards has signed a renewal of his contract with the Yamaha Tech3 team for the 2009 MotoGP season.

Although widely rumored in the Sachsenring Paddock, Edwards and Yamaha officials said that no real had been done. Attempts to reach Yamaha Tech3 and Colin Edwardshave been unsuccessful.

According to the unsigned Solo Moto article, Edwards will work closely with Valentino Rossi in spite of being on the Tech3 team instead of the Fiat Yamaha team. At present the Tech3 team of Edwards and Britain's James Toseland use Michelin tires, as does Rossi´s teammate Jorge Lorenzo, while Rossi is the only Yamaha rider on Bridgestone tires.

That last paragraph insinuates that Either Edwards will be switching to Stones or Rossi is coming back to Michelins.Either way i really dont like the fact that Colin is setting himself up to be Rossi's test mule again.
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Rossi is coming back to Michelins??? I just can't see that. He had enough with the French. Clearly Bridgestone have the upper hand for the past 2 seasons.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (#46 @ Jul 15 2008, 11:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Rossi is coming back to Michelins??? I just can't see that. He had enough with the French. Clearly Bridgestone have the upper hand for the past 2 seasons.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (#46 @ Jul 15 2008, 04:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Rossi is coming back to Michelins??? I just can't see that. He had enough with the French. Clearly Bridgestone have the upper hand for the past 2 seasons.
I would have thought so too, but he hasn't been saying much praiseworthy or otherwise about the bridgestones of late, and he does not seem to figure with the prominence you would expect in the bridgestone press statements either.
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Can't see it happening to be honest.
They can't split another garage surely?
From what I've seen so far there is not really any tyre advantage between Michelin & Bridgestone, except Bridgestone probably has a better wet weather tyre. So I can't see why Vale or Fiat Yamaha would want to go back to Michelin's. Unless the lack of data is proving too hard to overcome.
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Col is a lap dog.
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July 15th, 2008, 12:15 AM   #7
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I think its quite possible. Colin wanted more money, maybe thats something that Yamaha will offer him if he starts gatherting Data for Vale again (because whoever does that right now is slow). Why not have two bikes on each tyre.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (michaelm @ Jul 15 2008, 06:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I would have thought so too, but he hasn't been saying much praiseworthy or otherwise about the bridgestones of late, and he does not seem to figure with the prominence you would expect in the bridgestone press statements either.
That's because you don't watch his post race interviews in Italian. Following the Sachsenring race he was full of praise about his bridgestones, and commented that what happened to Dani is the typical thing he'd be battling against if he were still at Michelin. In fact he was so full of praise that we were wondering whether it was a paid ad!!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Bikergirl @ Jul 15 2008, 09:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>That's because you don't watch his post race interviews in Italian. Following the Sachsenring race he was full of praise about his bridgestones, and commented that what happened to Dani is the typical thing he'd be battling against if he were still at Michelin. In fact he was so full of praise that we were wondering whether it was a paid ad!!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
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Ya, good point, I read some news about Rossi praise his Bridgestone, but unfortunately, I didn't bookmark it... Michelin was awful in Sachen, only Dovi got finish in top 10.
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If Rossi moved back to michelin, he'd be a laughing stock and it won't happen. If Edwards goes to bridgestones he'll be a bigger laughing stock - he's been a michelin man through and through. I like Edwards but if he did that, he'll have my contempt forever.
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