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Costly mistake for Edwards

Costly mistake for Edwards

Costly mistake for Edwards

Colin Edwards was left to reflect on what could have been after the final qualifying practice for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar. The ‘Texan Tornado' had been one of the most consistently quick riders this weekend until the crucial final ten minutes of the decisive session, when a series of errors cost him a potential front row start.

"We continued working on the set-up today and we found a good rhythm, but unfortunately in the second half of the session we lost a lot of time on my preferred bike and I had to go out on the other one," explained Edwards, who will start from tenth place.

"We weren't able to make the most of the qualification tyres because I made a small mistake in the final corner and ran off track by half a metre, losing the front. It will be tough tomorrow because to overtake you have to run off the racing line and that is risky."

Team Manager Fausto Gresini is expecting a tough race for both his riders, with Edwards' team-mate Sete Gibernau starting from the front row.

"We have to be ready for a really tough race because of the high temperatures," said Gresini. "What happened to Colin was a shame because he did a good job in qualifying without being able to get a time on the qualifying tyre at the end.

"Sete, on the other hand, will start from the front row and it will be important to get away well at this circuit."

MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, QP2, Colin Edwards

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