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Colin Edwards’ first chance to try out Yamaha’s 800cc MotoGP bike was cut short by rain on Wednesday.

The American was testing the new bike for the first time at Sepang before torrential rain ended the session, flooding parts of the track.

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Edward managed to complete 32 laps of the Malaysian circuit, forming an initial positive vibe about the new machine and setting the fastest time of the day at 2’03.56. Quality bikes for sale: Click here.

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“Obviously power-wise it feels different, but other than that it just feels like it’s rounded-off a bit; not such a knife-edge and a little bit more forgiving. We didn’t change anything drastic from the set-up that Valentino's been running, but just made a few tweaks here and there through the morning to get things working better for me.

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Unofficial Lap Times (800cc Bikes)

1. Colin Edwards (USA) Yamaha, 2’03.56

2. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Suzuki, 2’03.90

3. John Hopkins (USA) Suzuki, 2’04.06

4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Honda, 2’04.69

5. Toni Elias (SPA) Honda, 2’04.98

6. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Yamaha, 2’05.11

7. Tadayuki Okada (JPN) Honda Test Rider, 2’05.90

8. Carlos Checa (SPA) Honda, 2’11.05

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