James Toseland wasn't the only Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider to make a mistake at the start of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix - but whilst the Englishman was judged to have moved too soon, team-mate Colin Edwards did the exact opposite.

Lining up fifth on the grid for the fifth successive race, Edwards was slow to move when the lights went out - dropping him to ninth by the end of the opening lap.

"I'll hold my hands up and say I really messed up the start," said the Texan. "I pretty much fell asleep and when the lights went out, I was just sat there. That left me down in ninth place but my pace was pretty quick in the low 31s and I was able to pick off a few of them quite quickly."

Back up to fifth by lap five of 27, Edwards then set about closing the gap on Alex de Angelis, but his hard challenge was in vain and he took the chequered flag three seconds behind the Honda rider.

"I never relented and my pace was pretty hot. I saw de Angelis in front of me and I tried everything I could to get close to him," he said. "I'm tired of finishing fifth, so I gave it everything I had. But the start cost me fourth and some precious points."

Edwards at least finished one place ahead of factory Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, and is now just seven points behind the Italian in the world championship.

"I beat Dovizioso again which is all I can do to try and get fifth in the championship. I really want that fifth to reward all my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and I'll be giving it my all for them in the last two races," Edwards declared.

"Had Colin made a better start then I'm convinced he would have been able to fight with de Angelis for fourth place," said team manager Herve Poncharal. "His lap times were better than Alex for most of the race and it would have been a good battle. Unfortunately we only gained one point on Dovizioso, but Colin is still fighting hard for fifth in the championship and there is still a lot to fight for."


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