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Toseland elated with solid sixth

Toseland elated with solid sixth

James Toseland had one of his best finishes of the year at Misano, placing sixth at the San Marino race.

Tech 3 Yamaha riders James Toseland and Colin Edwards both had a race of two halves, with Toseland coming out the better off with sixth place. Edwards managed to finish in the top ten despite having a very tough run.

James Toseland - Sixth

`I got a decent start off the line and held my grid position in ninth, so I wasn´t too disappointed and got into the groove quite quickly. I was battling with Dovizioso and Nakano for the first half of the race. I passed Shinya and then started chasing Dovizioso but just as I caught him I started having some troubles. But he was too and I managed to pass him and make it stick. Then Chris Vermeulen came past and pulled away which was a bit frustrating because I was hoping for fifth to get my best result. Coming from where I´d been in the last few races and to produce a ride like that was brilliant. That is what I´m here for and I really enjoyed it. I was about ten feet wide on those last few laps and probably the widest Yamaha in history. I knew Loris and Dovizioso were behind me in those last few laps and they wanted my place in front of their home fans. Loris passed me on the penultimate lap but I'd blocked the line so he had to go really deep and he just went slightly wide and he left half a door open and I moved back through. I didn´t touch him so it was all fair and square. On the last lap I blocked into the last two corners and I knew I'd got sixth with it being a short drag to the line so it was a great feeling. Michelin has had a lot of stick recently but they have knuckled down and so have I. We have kept working hard and today we showed what we can achieve together with Tech 3 and Yamaha.´

Colin Edwards - Tenth

`It was a very tough race and not what I´d expected. I thought it was going to be tough, but not that tough and obviously I wanted to do better for my guys at Tech 3 who tried everything to solve some of our issues here. Unfortunately some of the issues we can´t control, and I was struggling for grip in the early stages. I just couldn´t get any temperature in the rear tyre and I didn't have the confidence to push like I wanted to. Those first three laps just dictated my result because once I got into my pace my lap times were pretty decent and good enough to be fighting much further up. But I lost too much in the early part of the race. The problem is on a short track when everybody is doing pretty much the same lap time; it is impossible to make up a lot of time. I got through to tenth and I´ve got a chance to put things right on home soil in Indianapolis next time out.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, James Toseland, Colin Edwards, Tech 3 Yamaha

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