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2009 season review: Colin Edwards

2009 season review: Colin Edwards

The Texan equalled his second best finish in a MotoGP World Championship in 2009 with fifth place.

It was a fine year for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team and Colin Edwards, as the 35 year-old secured a fifth-placed Championship finish in the last race of the campaign.

Starting the season strongly, Edwards signalled his intent with fourth in Qatar from sixth on the grid, and a succession of solid top-seven finishes followed as he rose to sixth in the standings – level on points with Dani Pedrosa – after another fourth at Assen.

The only podium of his season was just around the corner and it was Donington at which it arrived, in an eventful race that ended with the American in second place having come close to challenging rival and race winner Andrea Dovizioso for the win. An overtake on Randy de Puniet on the final lap in the wet conditions was a daring move which was duly rewarded.

It was Dovizioso with whom Edwards would eventually compete for fifth place overall, and the American’s fifth-placed finishes at Indianapolis, Estoril and Phillip Island – he also qualified in fifth place for each race – was the form that would carry him through to the end of the year.

An unfortunate crash at San Marino was the only DNF of his season but came through no fault of his own, as Edwards was taken out by Alex de Angelis, and it was in the last race of the campaign that he secured his final Championship standing.

Fourth at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit clinched fifth spot ahead of Dovizioso by a single point. Ben Spies, who will team up with Edwards for Tech 3 next season, helped his future colleague by finishing ahead of Dovizioso in seventh place as he rode a wildcard entry.

As part of that all-American line-up on the French team next year, Edwards will look to at least repeat his 2009 finish.

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MotoGP, 2009, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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