Colin Edwards felt that a relative lack of power from his Yamaha engine cost him sixth place after a lengthy battle with Alvaro Bautista. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was forced to settle for seventh and revealed afterwards that the Suzuki's straight-line speed advantage made it impossible to beat the Spaniard.
“I thought I got a fantastic start but the problem is the Yamaha is lacking a bit of grunt. I needed Fred Flinstone behind giving me a push to go faster, so I had a few people come by me on the run to the first corner. The first few laps I felt I could go faster but with Bautista sitting in front of me, I’d get close and then coming out of the corner he would just grab a few metres on me. In the twisty stuff at the end of the lap I was gaining it all back and at the last corner I almost ran into him. But by the time we got to the first corner he’d pull a few bike lengths on me again.”
“I really wanted to beat Bautista but he started to ride really well in the second half of the race. I was on his back wheel and looking for an opportunity to make an overtake but I lost the front at the end of the back straight and that was a warning just to back off and take seventh. The front tyre lost a fair bit of grip in the last few laps though I wasn’t the only one to have a problem. But I was top non-factory rider, I got another top ten and I moved up another place in the Championship, so it wasn’t a bad afternoon’s work. We go to Misano now and see if we can fight for the top six.”
Meanwhile, teammate Cal Crutchlow returned to points-scoring form with 11th place. The Briton got stronger and stronger as the race went on and hopes to translate his race pace to Misano next weekend, a circuit he has raced on before.
“Firstly I want to say a big thanks to all my guys in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. They never gave up all weekend, even when we were struggling a little bit and it might sound silly but I don’t think any of us in the garage have ever been so pleased to get an 11th place. After the bad recent run it was important to finish the race and I did that. The result wasn’t the best but my speed at the end of the race was really good and I’m happy about that, so there are a lot of positives to take to Misano. At the end of the race I was lapping faster than Jorge Lorenzo. I was a long way behind him but that still gives me a lot of encouragement.”
“Like a lot of people I had a few issues with the front tyre and in the early part of the race it wasn’t easy but I never gave up and pushed right to the end. This result at least gives us something to build on for the next races, starting at Misano, which is a track that at least I don’t have to learn. I’ve needed to finish races to gain some experience and I’m glad we did because I learned a lot this afternoon and gave the Team a lot of good feedback to hopefully improve the bike in Misano.”