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Edwards happy despite late crash

Edwards happy despite late crash

Edwards happy despite late crash

Gauloises Yamaha rider Colin Edwards managed to take sixth place in the Grande Premio de Portugal yesterday despite crashing in the late stages of the race.

It was a satisfying race for the American after a poor debut with Yamaha the previous week in Jerez, where he only took ninth. At one point fourth position seemed reachable for Edwards. He passed Melandri on lap 20 and was finally starting to open up a gap on the Honda rider until, caught off-guard, he fell victim to a slippery patch on turn one and slid off. Luckily he was unhurt and remounted immediately.

After the race the confident rider said, That was a good race although of course I am disappointed about falling. The bike felt completely different from the Jerez race and I felt like I could have kept pace with Rossi and Barros quite easily.

Unfortunately I was fighting with Melandri and for the first half of the race I just couldnt make the pass stick on him; gradually the leaders just edged away. Finally I got away from him and I was pushing in order to keep a space between us, but I hit that slippery patch at turn one and went down. It just caught me off guard!

Everywhere else on the track was okay and you could get the bike fully leaned over, but turn one was just like ice. It was my mistake and Im annoyed but the rest of the race was really encouraging and a big improvement.

Happy with Edward´s comeback, team director Davide Brivio commented, For Colin this was a big improvement from the last race, we fixed some problems after the last test in Jerez and he quickly found a good base here. He made a small mistake but he was able to recover and finish still in a good position. It was an encouraging race for him and I hope this is the start of a good season.

MotoGP, 2005, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Colin Edwards

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