Colin Edwards completed another successful weekend for the NGM Forward Racing team by placing 12thin the Australian Grand Prix, the third CRT finisher, before blasting race direction’s decision to black flag Marc Marquez.
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The riders had been instructed not to complete more than ten laps during the reduced 19-lap race. With Marquez pitting on the 11th lap race direction were swift on showing the 20-year old the black flag.
After the race Edwards took to Twitter to voice his disapproval. He tweeted, “Not happy with the Marc Marquez situation. First time running this scenario & disqualified. We r not mathematicians… let us race & F off.” It seemed Edwards felt it was wrong to expect riders to pit based on what their pit-board was telling them. “I never saw my pitboard to come in, I was focussed on the pr**ks in front of me. I was hunting [the] Ducatis & they pitted, I followed,” he tweeted.
When asked whether he or other riders had been told exceeding ten laps on one tyre would result in disqualification Edwards replied “I wasn’t told DQ.” Clearly this brings into question race direction’s call and their relaying of the direct orders to the riders. Edwards went on to state he believe the Phillip Island debacle will have little bearing on the outcome of the 2013 title race: “Quote me on this… Marc Marquez will still win the Championship & this OZ farce will all be forgotten.”
Beyond that it proved to be a highly successful meeting for Edwards racing at his favourite circuit. The Texan placed as high as ninth place in FP3 and was the top CRT qualifier in 11th, despite a low-speed fall in the Q2 session. Some early mistakes in the race dropped him back of de Puniet and Espargaro but his four points for 12thkeep him ahead of de Puniet in the standings and the second highest CRT machine.
His press release read, “[It was a] strange kind of race, knowing that you are going into a race in which you are going to have to break concentration, change bikes and refocus, it’s just strange. Even the feeling on the grid, sitting on the starting line you think its just a normal race but you know its about to be interrupted in nine laps. I got a good start, made a mistake on the first lap and Dovizioso got by me. A second mistake allowed Randy to pass me too, all silly braking errors that I made on the first lap. When I got clear and got going I did the lap times I knew I could do and started to hunt the guys down before the pit stop.
I don’t know what happened in the pits, I was doing the speed limit, came in, changed bikes, speed limit back out and for some reason they were three to four seconds in front of me. My second bike wasn’t near as good as my first bike, we had a little bit of chatter with the second bike and something with the butterfly linkage on the throttle seems a little weird on the second bike and it took me a few laps to get comfortable. I never had the lap times on the second bike as I did on the first one. Thanks to my guys, we had a good weekend and we look forward to having a good weekend in Japan next week.”
It is believed Edwards is due to resign for Forward Yamaha for 2014 alongside new recruit Aleix Espargaro in the weeks before Valencia.