Portuguese GP: Tech 3 Yamaha race report

Edwards and Toseland claim double top ten in Estoril Colin Edwards strengthened his bid for a top five MotoGP world championship finish after a strong ride to fifth place at a sun-drenched Estoril circuit today. And helping the Monster Yamaha...

Edwards and Toseland claim double top ten in Estoril

Colin Edwards strengthened his bid for a top five MotoGP world championship finish after a strong ride to fifth place at a sun-drenched Estoril circuit today.

And helping the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team claim another double top ten finish was James Toseland's determined performance, the British rider shrugging off the affects of a head cold to finish in a thoroughly deserved ninth place.

Edwards started and finished the 28-lap race in fifth, the American fighting hard to match the blistering pace set by Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi in front of him in the early stages. But his consistent pace saw him comf ortably pull away from a chasing group that included Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and Loris Capirossi.

Edwards' sixth top six finish of the season leaves the American trailing Dovizioso in the overall standings by just eight-points with three races remaining. And the 35-year-old easily maintained his position as leading non-factory rider.

Toseland produced a rousing performance in front of 45,539 fans basking in glorious temperatures that hit 27 degrees, the 28-year-old ending ninth after he'd fought superbly in the opening half of the race to get involved in a battle involving Hayden and Capirossi for seventh.

Today's result saw Toseland move to within 12-points of a top seven championship finish.

Colin Edwards - Position: 5thTime: +32.652

"Like I said yesterday, if you're the next best rider behind the top four in the world then you've done a good job and I rode the strongest race I could today. I got a good start but we've been fighting some front-end movement all weekend and I knew early on I wasn't going to be able to go with Valentino (Rossi) in front of me. The tyres worked great but we were just missing something on the set-up that meant even though Valentino was struggling a little bit, I couldn't really put any pressure on him. As much as I couldn't comfortably stay with the four guys in front, it was pretty easy for me to run a pace that meant I could pull away from the group behind me. Once I'd got a comfortable gap it was just a case of staying consistent to make sure I didn't give anybody a chance of catching me. I got a few more points back on Dovizioso for fifth in the championship and that is a good reward for the all effort my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 have put in.We've got three races to go and I'll be giving it my all as alw ays because I really want that fifth spot in the championship."

James Toseland - Position: 9thTime: +44.093

"I really enjoyed that race and it was good to be in an exciting battle with the second group. I was running pretty much the same lap times as Dovizioso and (Toni) Elias for most of the race and there was a great battle between myself, Hayden and Capirossi. I was having the most fun in that race that I've had for a while. The difficulty for me was that I've been struggling with a cold all weekend and it is very difficult to take any kind of medication when you've got to race. Over the whole race distance I didn't realise how much the cold had taken out of me but it wasn't a big problem. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team have worked incredibly hard all weekend to give me a really good package to ride today. I'm still only twelve points off seventh in the championship and that is my target now for the remaining three races. I really want that seventh place in the championship and am looking forward to giving the team a good finish to the year."

Herve Poncharal - Team Manager

"I'm really happy with the effort of the whole Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team this weekend and a double ten is a good reward for all of us. Colin had a brilliant weekend and though I don't like to say it, we were the best of the rest again. The top four are pretty much untouchable but to be the first of the rest is a great achievement for us. Colin could open a gap on the group behind him quite comfortably and he made no mistakes, which is always crucial. I'd also like to thank. James again for another determined race and again he proved he is a quality MotoGP rider. His lap times were really close to the top six again and today's result helps us go on the long trip to Australia and Malaysia in a really positive frame of mind. Finally congratulations to Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha today. Jorge was incredible and Yamaha has won the Constructor Championship again which is a fantastic achievement."

-credit: yamaha

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , James Toseland , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Herve Poncharal , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Tech 3