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Edwards hopes for better in Le Mans

Edwards hopes for better in Le Mans

Colin Edwards suffered another disappointment at the fourth Grand Prix of the season, finishing a frustrating eleventh after qualifying on the front row of the grid for the third time this season.

Colin Edwards suffered another disappointment at the fourth Grand Prix of the season, finishing a frustrating eleventh after qualifying on the front row of the grid for the third time this season.

The Texan Tornado had hoped to bounce back from his first lap crash in Turkey with a decent points haul at the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China, but he slipped back through the positions once the race was underway - citing a rear tyre problem as the cause of his difficulties.

Edwards has made good use of the high performing Michelin qualifying tyres at his disposal this year - to qualify fourth or better in every race so far - and had a solid start to the season with 26 points gained from the opening two races to leave him fourth in the World Championship standings.

Being taken out of contention in Istanbul in an incident which left him with a swollen knee, Edwards added just five points in China and has now slipped to seventh in the general classification, 55 points behind leader Casey Stoner and 40 points behind his own team-mate Valentino Rossi who is currently second.

Edwards will aim for better results in the forthcoming series of European dates starting in France on 20 May where he has enjoyed success in the past.

The 33 year-old American commented after his Chinese outing: "I don't have much positive stuff to say about the race! I had hoped that I would be able to try for a podium but right from the start I didn't have any rear grip and it was all I could do to keep it upright throughout the race. I genuinely believe that our bike is the best on the grid and I've never felt happier with it, but unfortunately the package as a whole isn't working for me at the moment and we need to understand why."

"I had a slightly different tyre to Valentino but he really showed his class again today. I just want to forget about this race and look forward to Le Mans, where I've always gone well."

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MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Colin Edwards

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