Former superbike kings Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss are confident they made the right decision to switch to MotoGP. The first race is at Suzuka on April 6.
Former superbike kings Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss are confident they made the right decision to switch to MotoGP.
Bayliss, the 2001 Superbike champion, told
he was getting used to the circuits and enjoying the atmosphere. He has been testing the all-new prototype Ducati Desmosedici.
Bayliss said he was looking forward to the season. “Since the private tests we conducted at Phillip Island everything has been going great,” said Bayliss.
“Sepang went well and then we made good progress at Jerez. It’s been good to test alongside the other bikes to see where we´re standing and I think we’re quite comfortable at the moment. I’m with the same guys I have been with for the last couple of years so that is a help and I feel ready to go racing.”
World Superbike champion Edwards will be racing an Aprilia. He believes the former Superbike boys will do well.
“I think Bayliss will do well. It's funny because we spent the last few years battling against one another and we were measuring ourselves against one another. Whereas now I think we feel like we're on the same team. Neither one of us want to fail. We want to show that Superbike riders are going to come over here and we are the four-stroke guys,” said Edwards told recently.
“There have been some guys that have come in the past from Superbikes over to Grand Prix and hadn't done that great and I think there is a supremacy issue involving Grand Prix riders thinking that Superbike riders are bad. They think they're better than we are, so there's a big point to prove and me and him, in that respect, we're on the same team,” Edwards said.
There are some tracks in MotoGP that are common with World Superbike and Edwards has been ensuring he knows all of the tracks.
“I learned Jerez on PlayStation before I went there to make sure where the rights and the lefts were. In Grand Prix there are 16 tracks. I know 8 of the tracks. Eight of the tracks I know like the back of my hand. Four of the others we will test at before we race there. So there will only be four that I won't know,” he said.
Original article from Car