Colin Edwards rode a remarkable race to climb from 15th at the end of lap one to snatch second place at the last corner of Sunday's British Grand Prix, but also saw his best chance of a debut victory since Assen 2006 slip away.
“That was an incredibly dramatic race and an unbelievable performance from Colin,” said Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team manager Herve Poncharal. “For several laps he was easily the fastest rider on track and the way he came through the field provided a great spectacle for the British fans.
“Colin might be one of the oldest guys on the grid but he proved again today that you don't have to be young in MotoGP to be fast. Honestly though, it is hard not to have a little bit of regret when you finish so close to the victory but we can only be happy,” admitted Poncharal.
After a cautious start and some slow opening laps, Edwards carved his way relentlessly up the order, and initially took second position from Randy de Puniet at the Old Hairpin with three laps to go.
Edwards was then less than one second from race leader Andrea Dovizioso, but de Puniet was crucially able to outbrake the Texan into the final turn of the lap.
As the pair battled back and forth, they handed Dovizioso vital breathing room and the Repsol Honda rider went on to win by just over one second, while Edwards had to be content with snatching second back from de Puniet at the very last corner.
“That was a pretty intense 48 minutes but at the start there was no way I thought I was going to be on the podium,” confessed Colin after his eleventh MotoGP rostrum. “I'm not sure what happened at the start but I just had guys coming by everywhere.
“I was using a front tyre I'd not used all weekend and it took me a while to get a feel for it. But with about seven or eight laps to go I started having some big moments because it was hard to know where it was raining and where it wasn't. And all the time you're trying to figure out where there's grip and where there isn't.
“It was easy to mistake and the left side of the rear tyre was pretty cold and that just helped make it even more mentally draining because you need to concentrate so hard.