Yamaha’s performance in MotoGP has been so incredibly poor this year that even the very good natured, mild mannered Texan, Colin Edwards has been forced to speak out against them. Speaking to MCN recently, Edwards says, ‘Yamaha know they have to improve. That’s something that we really don’t need to discuss. All you have to do is look at our top speed chart anywhere and just watch TV. Just about any bike that we come near, just out accelerates us and you can’t get close enough to out-brake anybody unless they slipstream you. Yamaha needs to do some work but they know that. We'll just wait and see what they come up with.’
With the Portuguese MotoGP to be held at the Estoril circuit on the 16th of this month, Edwards’ teammate Rossi is all set to do the best he can. Rossi agrees that his championship hopes are finished, but the seven-time world champ, who’s taken four successive MotoGP victories in Portugal (from 2001 to 2004), is still hopeful of doing well at Estoril this year.
‘Hopefully we will be ready in Estoril with a package with which we can fight. We will put all our energies into holding onto our second place [in the championship] and winning as many races as possible, as well as thinking about continuing the development of our package for next year. Now the aim is to have a good end to the season. We have five races left and we will be trying to win all five, even if the championship is out of our reach,’ says Rossi.
Wait for our full race report from Estoril on the 16th!
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