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Fifth place a great reward for Edwards

Fifth place a great reward for Edwards

Colin Edwards was delighted with securing fifth place in the 2009 MotoGP World Championship standings in the final race of the season at Valencia.

Fourth place in the last race of the campaign brought Colin Edwards a final standing of fifth in the season’s overall standings, as he beat Andrea Dovizioso by a single point.

The two had enjoyed a close battle for the main part of the season, which the Texan prevailed in as Dovizioso finished eighth at Valencia.

With Casey Stoner’s crash during the warm-up lap creating drama before the race had even started, Edwards knew that his chances of securing a decisive race classification had been increased.

“I was thinking that probably the best I could have gotten was fifth (in the race) and that wasn’t really enough of a points gain,” said Edwards. “Then I got onto the grid and saw Stoner wasn’t there and I thought: ‘Holy moly! If I get fourth, that’s two more points!’ So I was doing the math and I just let it all hang out. There were a couple of laps in the middle there where I made a few mistakes and Nicky (Hayden) came back on me, but I put my head down and got going again.”

Edwards’ team-mate for next season at Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Ben Spies, rode as a wildcard entry at Valencia, and in finishing seventh played a part in helping his future colleague come in ahead of Dovizioso.

“Thanks to Ben, he passed Dovi and we got fifth by a point,” added Edwards. “I’m pleased for the team, for everybody. It’s been a long season with a lot of hard work and it came down to the last few laps.”

Tech 3 Team Manager Herve Poncharal was also delighted with Edwards’ end to the season.

“I can't congratulate Colin enough for the amazing job he has done this season,” Poncharal commented. “To finish behind those four guys is an incredible feat and one that gives the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team a lot of pride to have been involved in helping achieving fifth position in the championship for him. He has been consistent all year long and hardly ever outside the top six, and I would say this has been his best ever season. I'm so happy he is still with us next year because he brings so much to the team. Not just in terms of his results but his personality has been a great asset to the team, Yamaha and MotoGP. The sport needs more people like Colin and I can't wait for next season when we have the full Texan team.”

MotoGP, 2009, GP GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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