Colin Edwards finished as the top Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider for the fourth time in five starts after a last lap on James Toseland, but it was the Englishman who was happiest after the race.
The wet/dry Italian Grand Prix was a repeat of Le Mans two weeks' before and, just as in France, Edwards struggled badly in the opening wet part of the race before mounting a strong recovery in the dry.
The Texan dropped as far back as 14th after changing bikes as he battled to get heat into his hard front/hard rear slick tyres - then began charging up the order to finally snatch sixth place from Toseland on the very last lap.
“That race was almost exactly the same as what happened in Le Mans where I was losing time in the wet at the beginning and then charging through from the back in the dry,” confirmed Edwards.
“I don't know why, but when the track is damp or full wet, I've got no confidence with the front. And being a front-end guy, if I've got no feeling then I don't go fast. When I enter the corner I get too much weight transfer to the rear and that makes the front feel really vague.
“I probably should have come in for my dry bike a couple of laps earlier than I did, but with the hard compound front and rear slick in, it took me a while to get temperature in them and I was having a few moments.
“I just put my head down and was able to get down to some decent times and to take the positive out of the race I at least came back to finish in the top six because I was way back. But I've got to get this bike fixed for me in the wet because I haven't sorted out that particular puzzle yet,” he admitted.
Toseland had also struggled in the wet, dropping rapidly to the back of the field - prompting a brave gamble to become the first rider to change bikes, on lap four of 23.
It was a decision that eventually paid off handsomely, with Toseland able to lap over three seconds quicker than the rest of the field at one point.