US MotoGP: Points milestone for Colin Edwards in home race

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Colin Edwards became only the 14th rider in history to score points in 100 Grand Prix races on home soil in Laguna Seca.
But the Texan was still not happy with his seventh position as he continued to struggle with front-end issues that have hampered his recent performances on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine.
Edwards slipped back to ninth on lap one before getting back into seventh place. But as he closed to within two seconds of a battle for fifth between a resurgent Nicky Hayden and Spaniard Toni Elias, he began struggling with the front-end of his YZR-M1 from lap 12 onwards.
Despite his disappointment, the 35-year-old sits in fifth place in the overall standings with Andrea Dovizioso crashing out of fourth place for the second race in succession.
Edwards said: “Colin Edwards 7th – 76 points
“It’s great to score my 100th points finish in front of my home fans but I expect more than finishing seventh. I’m pretty tired now and it was a really physical race because I couldn’t get the bike to turn. Each time I threw it on its side it just went straight out to the kerb. I was using a lot of effort to get the bike to turn and it felt like the front forks were sitting between my legs. When I braked the front didn’t feel like it was coming back up. It felt like the front was buried in the ground and just pushed me out to the edge of the track. I ride over the front a lot but today it felt like I was crawling all over it, almost like I was sitting on top of the tank. It wasn’t super special and we’ve got to go back to the drawing board I think for Germany. My pace was consistent and I was doing between 22.9 or 23.1 the whole race, but that just wasn’t fast enough.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt