MotoGP needs rider shake-up, says Colin Edwards

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Colin Edwards reckons a big shake-up of the rider line-up for 2011 would inject massive interest into the MotoGP world championship.

Former factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi is being strongly linked with a lucrative move to Ducati next season, while 2007 world champion Casey Stoner looks like he will switch to Honda.

And Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Edwards reckons two of out of the big four in MotoGP moving is what the sport badly needs.

The double World Superbike champion told MCN: “I’d like to see a shake-up. I think a shake-up of the whole paddock is what it needs.

“I think if you send Stoner to Honda and Valentino over to Ducati and if Jorge (Lorenzo) stays, then it will be awesome. I think in the old days when they all moved, we need some of that back.

“That would be awesome. I’m a Yamaha man but I wouldn’t like to see Valentino and Jorge on the same team next year. It needs something different.

“Nicky (Hayden) is doing a good job this year but I would say if there are two guys in this paddock who could get on and ride that Ducati, it would be Valentino and Jorge.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt