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Edwards' first lap at Valencia

Edwards' first lap at Valencia

Edwards' first lap at Valencia

Colin Edwards had a tough start to his final race with Honda at Valencia last weekend, with a combative opening lap seeing the American lose several places in early fight for supremacy.

Edwards got away from the third row of the grid well and picked the outside line going into the first corner, making ground up on front-row men Max Biaggi and Makoto Tamada and looking ideally place to move into fourth spot behind a rampant Troy Bayliss on the inside.

However, an aggressive move from his own team-mate Sete Gibernau into turn one saw Edwards forced slightly wide, and as the riders scrapped it out for every inch of available tarmac Valentino Rossi was able to get up the inside of Edwards before turn two.

Edwards struggled to find a swift response and in turn three he was caught out again – this time by Shinya Nakano. In his efforts to recover ground, Edwards ran wide onto the back straight and opening the door for Carlos Checa to come through, delighting the huge home support filling the grandstands next to them.

A potentially perfect start for Edwards was ruined within one lap and he would eventually come home in a disappointing eighth place. To watch Edwards' disastrous first lap at Valencia onboard his Honda RC211V, click the video link at the top of the page.

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MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Colin Edwards

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