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'Hero' Edwards shocked by Silverstone podium

"But the rain definitely helped because it was a lot less physical than in the dry. I just gritted my teeth and got on with it, just trying to stay smooth and not make any mistakes.

"Conditions were pretty bad and it was a case of working out when and where you could push. I'd have been happy to finish the race and then go home to think about Assen. But I saw a few people succumbing to the conditions and I saw P3 on by board and I couldn't believe it.

"At that time though there were still eight or nine laps to go and I couldn't feel my hands or my feet because it was so wet and cold. It was difficult but it was a good way to the end the weekend for the Team after what happened to Cal [Crutchlow].

"Nobody wants to get hurt, but being injured for your home race is really tough to take, so I wish him a quick recovery and hope to see him back in Assen.”

Team manager Herve Poncharal declared Edwards a 'hero'.

“Colin was absolutely amazing. Nobody would have bet any money on him to be on the podium just one week after having an operation on his broken collarbone. But Colin has been a hero and this is a memorable day for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team," said the Frenchman.

"It was a bad day yesterday when we saw Cal crashing and he was forced to miss his home race. But Colin helped put the smile back on the faces of everyone inside the team with a brilliant ride. And not only was he fast but he was very brave too."

Edwards had been denied his 12th MotoGP podium at round two of this year, also in wet conditions, when his M1 stopped on the final lap. Sunday marked his first rostrum since he finished second for Tech 3 in the 2009 British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

"Colin was robbed of a podium finish in Jerez in similar conditions a few weeks ago and I have to give him a lot of respect because it would have been easy just to go home to rest after his injury in Catalunya," said Poncharal.

"He rode for the team more than anything and it shows how much he is still enjoying racing and how motivated he is. He has been in a lot of pain but he's never complained and he treated the weekend like a normal weekend and his ride was the best of the day in MotoGP. He didn't make a mistake like some of the others so we are overjoyed."

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John - RTS - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 10:40 AM

whats wrong with people on here, what if, what if Stoner had been kidnapped, what if Jlo had lost his will to live , what if Dovi had stayed home to watch WSB !!! The results are the results, well done Colin, you the man

hellboy - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 10:59 AM

All this "what ifs" are just so sad to read. Yes Rossi and Stoner hate/fan boys have their say, but how can anyone not feel pleased that such a genuine guy got on the podium - that and the fact that he broke his collarbone a week ago! I have nothing but respect and admiration for Edwards, he's damn fast and is definitely a charcter in the paddock (sorely lacking these days) with true grit. Which cannot be said of many of the fanboys on this site! Well done Colin, and may there be more to come. Oh for that first win...!!

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