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Edwards cites feeling out process as key to Donington second place

Edwards cites feeling out process as key to Donington second place

New front tyre meant cautious start for eventual British Grand Prix runner-up.

Colin Edwards has seen all kinds of conditions in his long history of racing, but ranks the 2009 British Grand Prix as one of the hardest situations that he has had to manage.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider finished runner-up in the tricky Donington Park swansong, overtaking Randy de Puniet on the final corner of the race. All after a slow start from sixth on the grid.

“I wouldn’t wish that kind of race on anybody. Have I raced in tougher conditions? Maybe… only when there has been oil on the track or something like that,” said Edwards after his first podium of the 2009 season.

“We put a front tyre on that we hadn’t run all weekend and I was just feeling out the conditions. Then everyone just left! I was thinking ‘why are you all in such a hurry?’” laughed the Texas Tornado. “Everything seemed to be ok and I was feeling stable, so I just started to push more and saw that I was passing guys pretty quickly. I though that either I was going way too fast for the conditions or they were all freaking out. I think I judged the conditions alright.”

The wet-dry asphalt on the always treacherous track caught out many of the best names in the business, with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both falling down when attempting to eke out an advantage. In hindsight, Edwards strategy of consistency was probably the best one going.

"It’s a fine balance, because you couldn’t push to the limit out there. You have to keep at a good pace and just keep ticking it over, or you’ll end up in the gravel –which is no big deal, but you don’t want to do all that work for nothing,” concluded the American –fifth in the overall standings.


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