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Gibernau and Edwards focus on rhythm

Gibernau and Edwards focus on rhythm

Gibernau and Edwards focus on rhythm

Sete Gibernau and Colin Edwards expressed their satisfaction after a positive start to the Cinzano Australian Grand Prix, with both riders setting consistently quick laps despite failing to seriously threaten Valentino Rossi's provisional pole time. The Telefonica Movistar Honda pair focussed their efforts on race set-up and tyre choice, with an opportunity to improve on their grid positions in Saturday's final qualifying session.

"I am enjoying riding again at this circuit," said Gibernau, just five days after the disappointment of seventh place in Malaysia. "In the morning, in the wind and the rain, we found the right way forward and in the afternoon we were able to start working on the dry setting making just a few small changes.

"We've got a decent rhythm and tomorrow we will have to work particularly on our tyre choice for the race. I did the session just as I wanted to, with only a couple of pit-stops and a lot of consecutive laps on a hard front tyre. Hopefully I can keep making progress from here."

Edwards was boosted by the presence of his Australian-based father today and said he was determined to put on a good show. "I'm really looking forward to racing at this track," said Edwards.

"My family and a lot of friends are here and my motivation couldn't be higher. We have done a good job on the set-up and tried out a lot of different tyres for the race. I have got a good feeling on the bike and, although the setting could be improved, it's already good.

"I set a consistent pace and even though I improved on qualifying tyres it wasn't quite enough."


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