American Colin Edwards reckons each race during the 2012 MotoGP campaign will be like an extension of winter testing as he tries to make the Suter-BMW CRT project a competitive package in the new 1000cc category.
The experienced Texan is preparing for his 10th season in the premier class fully aware that he faces a massive task just to get close to scoring points after a baptism of fire on the Forward Racing machine that features a tuned BMW S1000R motor and a prototype chassis designed and manufactured by Swiss specialists SRT.
At the second Sepang test in Malaysia earlier this month, the former Tech 3 Yamaha rider finished 3.2s behind Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner’s best pace on Honda’s factory RC213V.
And the double World Superbike champion told MCN: “I think we are going to have 18 tests and that’s being honest. It wasn’t anything that different at Yamaha because you were testing parts and settings.
"It doesn’t matter what happens come Sunday because you go out and ride the crap out of what you have got. But it is obvious we are going to be working our asses off for 18 weekends that’s for sure.”
Edwards says the gap between his Suter-BMW machine and the factory prototypes has not dented his faith that he can make the project a success this season.
He added: “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and I took it on as a challenge and I look forward to it. As long as things continue to develop and things get better then my motivation will remain. We are all still motivated and we are seeing some improvements but Rome wasn’t built in a day and that’s a fact. We’ve got some work to do.”
Edwards will be back on track for the final test session in Jerez this weekend and he is taking part in Forward Racing’s team launch later today (Tuesday).