Colin Edwards: ‘I wanted to start British GP on wet tyres’

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards has admitted he wanted to start last weekend’s British MotoGP race on rain tyres.
The 35-year-old said he felt wets were the best choice having assessed conditions on slick tyres on the sighting lap before the 30-lap race.
The Texan did stick with Bridgestone slicks and produced a fantastic performance in demanding conditions to fight his way through from 15th at the end of the first lap to claim a brilliant second place – his first rostrum for over a year.
Ducati duo Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden did opt to run wets and suffered the embarrassment of being lapped before ten laps had elapsed.
But Edwards told MCN: “On the sighting lap I came on the grid and was like ‘what the hell are you guys doing with slicks? I felt we needed rain tyres and was seriously thinking about changing. And then the wind blew at 500mph and that’s why I started the race on slicks.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt