Dutch MotoGP: Edwards interested in Tech 3 move

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British GP runner-up Colin Edwards has confirmed to MCN that he would consider moving to Yamaha's satellite team in 2008, with his place alongside Valentino Rossi looking increasingly likely to go to reigning world 250 champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Edwards met Yamaha bosses at last weekend's rain-soaked Donington Park GP where he ended a miserable sequence of results by claiming second behind series leader Casey Stoner.

The Texan hasn't completely given up hope of retaining his seat in Yamaha's factory team, but the possibility of him moving to the Tech 3 squad next season was discussed in his meeting with Yamaha chief Lin Jarvis.

A return to World Superbikes with Noriyuki Haga was also discussed but Edwards said: "I’m talking to them about the factory team, Tech 3 and World Superbike. I would go to Tech 3 but the circumstances have to be right. It’s not we got a ride for you so come and ride this. It’s not as simple as that. It’s not an issue of would I, its an issue of maybe could I."

Edwards also denied rumours that he had been spotted visiting Ducati’s Bologna factory last week in between the Catalunya and Donington races. It prompted speculation that he would return to World Superbikes for the first time since 2002 to partner former big rival Troy Bayliss.

He said: “That is absolutely untrue. The only contact I had with Ducati was at Silverstone and I just walked in and said hi to the guys. There was nothing past that but obviously people are going to see that and say I’m riding for Ducati next year. But there’s been no talks."


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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt