A third top-six finish in a row wasn't enough to satisfy Ben Spies, who struggled for performance in the early part of Sunday's Catalan Grand prix.

Always strong on worn tyres, Spies became more threatening as the race went on, eventually finishing just 0.2sec from fellow rookie Alvaro Bautista and fifth position.

"I got an okay start but got shuffled around in the first couple of corners but I'm not really happy with today," said the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider. "We didn't have the grip that the other guys have in the first ten laps and that lost me some places. When everybody had a big drop with their tyre performance and they were sliding and moving around, they were in the same boat as me and I could go through the field.

"For the last ten laps I was probably the fourth quickest guy on track. But coming from where I was it was the best result I could get. I rode as hard as I could and did everything I could. I made a couple of small mistakes and definitely should have been fifth. I

"'d have caught Bautista in time to pass him but I took too long to get around Loris [Capirossi]. I'm not really satisfied with sixth because a couple of guys crashed out in front of me and that helped make us look a bit better."

Fellow Texan Colin Edwards maintained his record of scoring points in every race so far in 2010. But 11th was little reward

"That was a tough race," said Edwards. "I had big problems all weekend and I tried a completely different set-up this morning. I put some more weight on the front and it seemed to work this morning when the temperature was a bit cooler.

"At the start of the race it felt good, even though I got an awful start. But I started pushing really hard and was able to get ahead of Nicky but immediately I started having a lot of trouble on the right side of the front tyre.

"After that it wasn't a whole lot of fun because I couldn't ride the bike how I wanted and kept running wide. I tried carrying less lean angle but nothing I could do was going to help me go any faster. I was riding as hard as I could and finished but 11th is not where I expect to be or where the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team expects to be."