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Edwards' hard work fails to pay off

Edwards' hard work fails to pay off

A frustrated Colin Edwards admitted he and his dedicated team of Fiat Yamaha mechanics tried everything they could in terms of setting up his YZR-M1 800cc to be competitive at Laguna Seca, but to no avail as the Texas Tornado came home a disappointing eleventh in his home race.

A frustrated Colin Edwards admitted he and his dedicated team of Fiat Yamaha mechanics tried everything they could in terms of setting up his YZR-M1 800cc to be competitive at Laguna Seca, but to no avail as the Texas Tornado came home a disappointing eleventh in his home race.

Edwards' dream of taking a career first MotoGP victory in front of his legions of supporters at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix remained unfulfilled, after he lapped seventh quickest in free practice, qualified eighth and then faded away in the latter stages of the race itself to finish just outside the top ten.

At a circuit where Bridgestone had the upper hand, Edwards looked comfortable in sixth for much of the race but as his Michelin compounds lacked grip in the final laps he was caught by a group of riders including MotoGP newcomer Anthony West (Kawasaki), Makoto Tamada (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3), Alex Barros (Pramac d'Antin) and Kawasaki wildcard Roger Lee Hayden.

Afterwards the exasperated 33 year-old commented: "We struggled, we definitely struggled. We had a problem all weekend. I changed the bike and we went through everything on the front, everything on the back, then the front again just going round in circles trying to make it better. It didn't matter what we did, we didn't have the grip we needed."

To see Edwards' full interview with motogp.com follow the video link on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards

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