The Texan targets a podium finish
Colin Edwards arrives in Australia in equally determined mood as he aims to finish the season on a high.
Like Rossi, the Texan also benefits from the backing of strong local support, with friends and family - thanks to his Australian
parentage - always amongst the crowd.
"Motegi was a bit of a disaster for the whole team but we got on with things immediately with a test on Monday and we made some very good progress with tyres", said Edwards. "The idea was to find something that might help us for the final three races and it felt like we made some good steps. Phillip Island's probably one of my favourite tracks and it's always a fantastic feeling to ride a MotoGP bike there.”
"I know it very well because I raced there with Superbike too and I've always gone well there. I had a bad time last year in the wet race so with any luck the weather will be a bit kinder to us this year, we certainly deserve a bit of a break on that front! I know I've said it over and over but I am determined to get back on the podium before the end of the season and I do believe we have the tools to do it."