MotoGP Sepang Test: Colin Edwards bemoans "stupid crash"

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American Colin Edwards walked away unhurt from an opening day spill that he branded "stupid" to set the seventh best time in Sepang.

Testing a revised engine spec, but not the pneumatic valve YZR-M1 motor used by former factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Edwards lost control under braking for the tight left-hand hairpin.

The double World Superbike champion told MCN: "It was the stupidest crash I ever had. I went into the left-hand hairpin and it was a hot and greasy afternoon. I was complaining I couldn't stop the bike. I got the on the brakes and it came around on me. It was that far out I started playing with the clutch to try and get it back. It was either run off track and go into the gravel or pull it back for the corner.

"I can't tell you everything but our electronics on the engine braking side, it kind of does its own thing and the end of the day it caught traction and snapped and high-sided me in a straight line. I was fine but I felt such a dork.

"It was like, how the hell do you crash in a straight line? I thought the days of the high-side were over but obviously you can still do it."

Edwards clocked a best time of 2.02.549 in a short-stint of only 29 laps on a swelteringly hot first day.

The Texan will test a new 2008 chassis tomorrow hoping to improve a vague front-end feeling with the bike.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt