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Edwards twelfth and top CRT in Qatar

"I flipped it in a little bit too hard and I think I confused the electronics" - Colin Edwards.
Colin Edwards claimed a place in MotoGP history by finishing as the top 'Claiming Rule Team' rider during the race debut for the new privateer category in Sunday's Qatar Grand Prix.

Behind Aspar Aprilia's Randy de Puniet at the end of pre-season testing and start of the Losail weekend, Edwards and his Forward Racing Suter-BMW were best of the CRTs from qualifying onwards.

But it wasn't a straight-'forward' race, Edwards dropping to 16th during the opening lap, before working his way back up to the head of the CRT field.

13th then became twelfth when Cardion AB Ducati's Karel Abraham dropped out with technical problems and Edwards crossed the line twelve-seconds clear of de Puniet.

“The start was a little bit crazy, kind of bumping and banging,” recalled Edwards. “Once I got out there I knew I was faster than those guys and just kind of picked them off one by one and got into a good rhythm.

“Had a small issue about half way, the bike made some funny noises at turn three and I think it was my fault I flipped it in a little bit too hard and I think I confused the electronics a little bit, they didn't know what to do. So that hurt me for a lap and then I got going again and got into a good rhythm.”

Edwards, starting his tenth MotoGP season on Sunday, came close to claiming a notable scalp when he finished just one-second behind struggling factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies.

“I saw coming Spies back to me and I guess he had some issues,” said Edwards. “I saw him coming and decided to push harder but I ran out of time. My NGM Mobile forward racing team is awesome, they have done a great job.

“The bike is just getting better and better. We still have some work to do obviously. Jerez is not going to be an easy track for us; its short, tight, twisty. This one at least [Losail] you have a bit of time to rest and relax.”

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April 09, 2012 12:38 PM

great job my Colin and the team. A couple of months ago they were MILES behind the Aprilia in testing and it was pretty much a done deal that RDP would be the top CRT at this race. I don't know what all was done but obviously they have done some massive work. Add a brilliant ride by Colin and they took top CRT honors.

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April 09, 2012 11:08 AM

A huge race for Colin and what a great job he and his team made of it. There is a separate class to be won here, and whether any of us like it or not, CRT is only going to get bigger. Colin and his team have just put themselves and their BMW-engined machine at the top of the tree for the new class and they deserve respect for it! I say again, I sure hope they put Leon on a wild card for the British round!

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