Phillip Island is like a home race
Colin Edwards has a special affinity with Phillip Island having built a strong record at the track during his World Superbike career, finishing on the podium on no fewer than eight occasions, including a win in 2001.
The Texan also
benefits from the backing of strong local support, with friends and family always amongst the crowd.
"My Dad is actually Australian so Phillip Island is always a bit of a home race for me," explains Edwards. "The Australian fans are amazing and I always have a lot of mates there which makes it fun. I am looking forward to it; I just need to put Malaysia behind me and focus on the next challenge."
"Like Valentino I really love the track and I've had some brilliant races there over my career, with the Superbikes as well. It seems to suit our bike, although it's going to be pretty cold there at this time of year so it's hard to predict the situation with the tyres.
Obviously I had a tough time in Malaysia, where I was expecting to go well, so we're going to have to find something new this week. I really need a good result here."