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Grip costs Edwards a better final result of season

Grip costs Edwards a better final result of season

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider finished 12th at Valencia, a frustrating result given his pace in practice and qualifying.

Colin Edwards experienced a disappointing final outcome in the last race of the season at Valencia on Sunday. The American had qualified on the third row of the grid after a positive weekend in which he displayed a competitive pace.

With cloud and cooler conditions on Sunday afternoon Edwards and his crew opted for the softer rear Bridgestone tyre option, but during the race the Texan was hindered by a lack of acceleration grip and he slipped down to 12th.

“I wanted to finish the season on a high to reward my crew for all their hard work, but that was way below what I was expecting and to say I'm disappointed and frustrated is an understatement,” said Edwards. “Right from the start it just didn't feel like I had any grip when I accelerated. We'd set the bike up on the hard tyre for most of the weekend but we went for the soft option because the temperature was a little bit lower. But coming out of the corner I didn't have the grip to stay with anybody and it is a big pity because the changes we'd made to the bike for the hard tyre this weekend had helped me feel much more confident and comfortable.”

Edwards, who is today (Monday) helping the Tech 3 Moto2 team with their testing programme at Valencia, added his congratulations to team-mate Ben Spies who was the 2010 Rookie of the Year. He said: “Congratulations to Ben though on getting sixth overall. He's been awesome and he's only going to get stronger.”

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MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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