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Edwards' tyre gamble raises stakes for Laguna Seca

Edwards' tyre gamble raises stakes for Laguna Seca

Always open about the fact that the round at Sachsenring was not the most eagerly awaited appointment on the calendar hanging from the left side of the Fiat Yamaha garage, Colin Edwards went some way to putting his demons to bed with a magnificent fourth place in Germany yesterday.

Always open about the fact that the round at Sachsenring was not the most eagerly awaited appointment on the calendar hanging from the left side of the Fiat Yamaha garage, Colin Edwards went some way to putting his demons to bed with a magnificent fourth place in Germany yesterday. The Texan, like countryman Nicky Hayden, benefited from a Michelin fightback to get momentum rolling for this week's Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

"The fire incident in 2003 never sat well with me, it's always been my bogey track," noted Edwards after the race, referring to a close brush with flames four years ago when riding an Aprilia.

"The beginning of that race was pretty tough, I almost crashed out a few times and it felt like I almost had too much grip on the rear! As time went on though I started to feel better and better and when Hayden passed me back again it made me pretty determined to keep pushing. Suddenly I looked up and there were three of them in front of me and at that stage I felt like the podium was a possibility. Getting past Stoner and Melandri was fine but I couldn't quite get back to Hayden which was a pity."

Whilst some of the Bridgestone riders had the tables turned on them after a dominant first half of the season, Edwards –one of the manufacturer's main testers- reaped the rewards of a gamble and took a well deserved result after his misfortune at Le Mans and Turkey with tyre choices.

"Michelin have had a bad rap most of the time this season from us riders, especially some of the things we've said at particular tracks. That's the thing about this new tyre rule, it's the luck of the draw and you gamble before you get on the track," he added, before looking ahead to the latest American round.

"I've got half of Texas coming to Laguna…it would be a good place to win."

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MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Colin Edwards

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