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Edwards salvages twelfth.

Colin Edwards saw his hopes of a Motegi podium end before the opening lap, when he raised his hand to acknowledge some form of technical problem.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team remained tight lipped as to cause of the Texan's difficulties, rumoured to be electronic related, but Edwards - who had slumped to last by the end of lap two, kept his composure and eventually regained pace.

Aided by accidents ahead, Edwards worked his way up twelfth place by the flag, setting the sixth fastest race lap in the process.

“That was not at all what I expected but I can't turn the clock back. I wish I could because I believe I could have fought for the podium,” said Edwards. “We had a small issue at the start of the race and I simply couldn't ride how I wanted to.

“I kept my head down and persevered throughout and perhaps a few more laps I could have chased down the guys in front for a top ten. I couldn't have ridden any harder today and I did my absolute best for Yamaha.

“When I got going in the race my lap times were as quick as the top five, so it's a case of wondering what might have been today. We'll look to bounce back in Jerez next weekend because I feel like I'm riding really well.”

“I'd like to thank Colin for his efforts today in difficult circumstances,” said team manager Herve Poncharal. “He had a problem before the start and we are still investigating the cause with Yamaha. But his pace in the second half of the race was very impressive, so we know that Colin is in very good form heading into Europe.”

Team-mate James Toseland finished ninth.

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Mr Skin - Unregistered

April 26, 2009 2:13 PM

all you sad anti American Brits... after loosing over 18 seconds to JT in the first five laps due to TECHNICAL problems Edwards finished JUST over three seconds behind him. we all hed Ponseral thank Colin for his Job and for staying cool and riding thrugh the problem, did he even metion JT??? who is the sorry arss that will need to find a new Job next year???

Darkwaknight - Unregistered

April 27, 2009 12:26 PM

Edwards only got 12th because Elias and Sete when grass tracking otherwise he would have been 14th so really he went from last passed canepa that is it.. it was not a great race. His 6th fastest laptime simply proves the bike was fine and the problem was himself. JT got the stick now edwards will get it, this is how it will be for the whole year JT fans vs Edwards fans each one taking a boot after every race. An impressive run was Danni 11th to 3rd or kalio 17th to 8th. 5th to 12th does not sound so impressive does it!! :p

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