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Edwards settles for tenth in Germany

"The target we are working on this season is that Cal becomes a better MotoGP rider, even if sometimes he doesn't get the result he expects"
Colin Edwards wasn't too disappointed to settle for tenth place at the Sachsenring on Sunday, a track that's "usually a disaster" for him.

The Texan had failed to finish two of the previous German Grands Prix, and was ninth in his other Sachsenring Tech 3 start.

Edwards held tenth from lap 10 to 30 on Sunday, with three riders just out of reach ahead of him.

“That was a difficult race because it was one of those where you can see a few places up for grabs in front of you but you can't do anything to try move forward," said Edwards. "I was with Valentino, Nicky and Alvaro for pretty much the whole race but it didn't matter what I did or tried, I couldn't get close enough to try and pass them.

"With a few laps to go I was in Turn 2, off throttle and the rear came round. From that point on I had less grip and a bit of vibration and I couldn't stay with them and I was making more mistakes trying to keep their pace.

"So I just took 10th place, which is not where I want to finish, but I've never gone great at this track and I've gone faster than I've ever run here. Usually it's a disaster here, so I'm actually happy with my race and going to Laguna Seca now to race in front of my home fans, I feel really good and confident.”

Team-mate Cal Crutchlow finished his first German GP in 14th place, at the back of a four-rider fight for eleventh.

“Obviously I can't be happy to have finished 14th because I believe I should be fighting inside the top ten. But taking the positives out of a difficult race, I was able to fight for the whole race with riders that are a lot more experienced than me, and who have much more knowledge of this track," he said.

"I just didn't have enough grip from the front or the rear and it was difficult. I didn't feel I could push any harder and it strange because we made a lot of big changes to the bike this weekend without ever really finding an improvement.

"We've learned a few things that will help in the future and now I'm looking forward to getting to Laguna Seca where I'll be aiming to get back inside the top ten.”

Team manager Herve Poncharal hopes Crutchlow will see disappointing races, like the Sachsenring, as part of the learning process.

"Cal finished 14th and he is not happy with that," he began. "I think he has learned a lot today and after a tough period it means something to finally see the chequered flag. I don't want to say that we are happy to finish 14th, but I think together with Randy [de Puniet] and the other Ducatis he has been learning a few things.




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iRONIC - Unregistered

July 18, 2011 1:05 PM

Crutchlow sounded deflated and defeated in his post race interview. Welcome to the big boys league !! if he hasn't got any feel in the front or any grip from the rear,he will be relying on the team to solve it, thats where the skill comes in. if they all had it there would be one big freight train every weekend. he seems to be using the new tracks to play down his results, he definatley thought that he would be performing better than this and once his confidence is knocked he will struggle for the rest of the season. another problem he has, is that he says this year is a learning year, but so is next year. Tech 3 will be one of the last to test the 1000's because i cannot see Yamaha giving them the bikes before the factory team has had their fill. so they will be on the back foot big time. trying to perform on the 800 this year and then starting again next year on the 1000 will be a massive problem for him. and before anyone says that he will be better on a 1000 it's nothing like a sup



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