MICHELIN MAN EDWARDS SECOND AT DAMP DONINGTON Colin Edwards (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) took a strong second-place finish at Donington Park this afternoon. The Texan, who led Michelin's domination of yesterday's qualifying session,...
MICHELIN MAN EDWARDS SECOND AT DAMP DONINGTON
Colin Edwards (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) took a strong second-place finish at Donington Park this afternoon. The Texan, who led Michelin's domination of yesterday's qualifying session, led more than a third of the race but had to be happy with a runner-up finish on the drying track behind Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici). Edwards' team-mate Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin), who had qualified a close second quickest, finished fourth to maintain his second place in the World Championship.
Edwards chose a medium front/soft rear rain tyre combination, while Rossi ran medium front and rear rain tyres. Early leader and eighth finisher Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) also used a medium/medium rain mix.
"I got a good start, got away and put my head down," said Edwards. "Like you do when you're in front you pretend you're in practice -- just chip away, do the lap times and look at your pitboard. I stayed pretty consistent but someone was coming with me. Once it started drying out I was braking harder and harder and I locked the front a couple of times. After Casey got by me I tried to stay with him but it didn't turn out that way. Hats out off to him, he rode an incredible race. We've gained a lot of confidence this weekend, we were fast in the dry and fast in the wet, so I'm really looking forward to Assen." Next Saturday's Dutch TT at Assen is the halfway point of the 2007 season, round nine of 18.
"I think Colin made quite a good tyre choice," said Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "After a race you can always think you should have used a harder tyre but harder tyres mean slower warm-up and riders have to be very smooth on the throttle especially in the early laps to get the rear tyre up to temperature, so they might waste time. Valentino's choice was also quite good, though he had some wheelspin when the track started drying out, so I think we have to improve the consistency of our rain compounds. It's been a strange weekend -- with heavy rain on Friday, a dry track yesterday, then a drying track today. Now we go to Assen, where we will focus all our efforts on the next race."