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Strong finish to season for Tech3´s Edwards

Strong finish to season for Tech3´s Edwards

Colin Edwards was sixth across the finishing line at Valencia, ahead of teammate James Toseland who missed out on the top ten.

Tech3 Yamaha riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland reflect on the season-concluding Sunday race at Valencia.

Colin Edwards - sixth

`It has been a while since I finished in the top six and for this result to help the team finish fourth in the Team World Championship makes it extra rewarding. I´m pleased for Herve Poncharal and the team because they deserve it. We had a couple of races where we gave a lot of points away, but for an independent team we have done a fantastic job together and it was a year to remember. I got a great start and rode around the outside of Nicky at the first corner to slot in behind Casey and Dani. I actually felt pretty comfortable at that point. Nicky passed me though down the front straight and I started to spin the rear tyre a bit just as the other guys started to get into the groove. The next thing I know, everybody was disappearing up the road and there was nothing I could do. With so little dry track time we gambled with the setting and I ran a softer tyre and at the end I was having a few problems. My bike felt great but I just didn´t have a lot of grip and this isn´t the best track for Yamaha. We don´t have the initial raw grunt that you need on a tight and twisty track like this with a lot of low speed acceleration points. I´d like to thank all my guys for their hard work throughout the season and to Yamaha for their continued support. Finally I´d like to say a big thanks to Michelin. I had the greatest moments of my career with them and I´ve enjoyed our time together. I´m looking forward to a bit of a break now before coming back in Jerez next month to begin working as hard as ever for 2009.´

James Toseland – eleventh

`It was a hard race to finish a pretty hard season and while it wasn´t how I wanted to finish on a personal note, it was great that I contributed to the team getting fourth by a point. I´m glad I managed to hang on at the end there because I was coming under a lot of pressure. In the first half of the race I was probably a bit quicker than Jorge but I just couldn´t make a pass on him stick. I got him a couple of times but I made mistakes and let him back through. One time I put my hand in the air to apologise for a close move going into the first corner, and as I put my hand back for the second corner I missed my braking marker. So I´m annoyed with myself about that. I was in a real fight at the end and I was just struggling for a bit of grip. We tried quite a big change on the set-up and it worked well for the first half of the race, but towards the end I had to ride a bit defensive and make sure I didn´t lose too many places. The team deserve to be fourth in the championship this year and I was determined to help them achieve it. Tech 3 and Yamaha have given me unbelievable support in my rookie year and I was pleased to battle right to the last lap to get that result for them. I have learned a lot in 2008, and I´m looking forward to working hard in the winter and making a big impression next season.´


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