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Gibernau and Edwards struggle to find setting

Gibernau and Edwards struggle to find setting

Gibernau and Edwards struggle to find setting

Telefonica Movistar Honda riders Sete Gibernau and Colin Edwards both expressed their frustration after struggling to find an adequate setting for their RC211V machines at Estoril this afternoon. The pair line up in third and eighth place respectively on the grid for Sunday's race but say they are looking for progress in the morning warm-up session.

"We haven't completed the job as we would have liked today – it was a tough session, a lot of things were done but we haven't made the necessary steps forward to find a good rhythm," complained Gibernau, who was unable to improve on his provisional time from Friday.

"Now we have to sit down with the team and find out why because I actually felt better yesterday than I did today. We will have to work hard tonight and decide what solution to go for tomorrow, and Michelin will have to help us as well with the tyres. It will be a hard race and I just need to improve on the rhythm I had yesterday."

Edwards, meanwhile, is still suffering from the chattering problems which have dogged him all season and says he will have to compromise his chances in the second half of the race in order to counter the problem.

"We have changed a few small things on the bike, working from the base we found yesterday," explained Edwards. "I feel better on the bike but we've still got chattering, especially on race tyres. We still haven't chosen the tyre for the race but I think we'll go soft.

"Even though there's less grip, at least the chattering isn't so bad. I think the race rhythm will be around 39"5 but it will be tough to stick with the pace from half distance."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, QP2, Colin Edwards

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