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Edwards and Dovizioso locked in battle for fifth

Edwards and Dovizioso locked in battle for fifth

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards is hoping to hunt down Andrea Dovizioso for fifth place in the standings over the final three rounds.

A consistent weekend for Colin Edwards at Estoril, in which the experienced Texan did a professional job to qualify and finish in fifth place, saw him cut the gap on Andrea Dovizioso for fifth position in the standings – with both riders determined to come out on top over the final three rounds.

Edwards looked comfortable throughout the race, although it was a somewhat lovely ride for the 35 year-old who finished nine seconds behind former team-mate Valentino Rossi and three seconds ahead of sixth placed Toni Elías – and never really got close enough to challenge for a podium.

Assessing the weekend Edwards stated, “From qualifying we thought we had found a good setting and then we kind of went round in a circle, coming back to what we started with. There was a bit of front end movement which I wasn’t really happy with and once the tyre started moving a little bit it got very difficult, as I couldn’t get any load on the rear. At the end of the day though we ran fifth all weekend and we finished the race fifth so it looked like that was the best we could do this weekend. If you're the next best rider behind the top four in the world then you've done a good job.”

Now just eight points off fifth in the standings, Edwards added, “I got a few more points back on Andrea Dovizioso in the championship and that is a good reward for the all effort my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 have put in. We've got three races to go and I’ll be giving it my all as always because I really want that fifth spot.”

Having been beaten to sixth place by just fractions of a second by Elías on the line, Dovizioso commented, “I can’t be too happy with that, because from the beginning this weekend we were not fast and when the grip reduced it was difficult to manage the bike. We need to work hard with Öhlins to see if we can improve the situation with the suspension.”

“It was a really close finish on the line and I just missed out on sixth place - which isn’t the result we wanted, obviously. I started from the third row and was ninth in the early laps before getting past three riders which took me up to sixth. I was able to hold the gap to Elias behind me but then I lost time on one lap and he came past. I closed again and it was really close on the last lap, I thought I had a chance of taking the place out of the last corner but it didn’t happen.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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