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Edwards narrowly misses front row

Edwards narrowly misses front row

Colin Edwards came within a whisker of handing the Tech 3 Yamaha team a fifth front row start in six races on Saturday in Italy.

Colin Edwards ended the Mugello qualifying session in fifth place, but was only 0.070s off extending his remarkable front row starting record in 2008 with another impressive display on Michelin´s qualifying tyres. James Toseland, meanwhile, once again belied his lack of track experience to clock the eighth best time.

Colin Edwards - 5th

Missing the front row like that is a bit of a shame but I´ve got to be happy. It would have been nice to get on the front row but I still feel like I can be up with the guys tomorrow. I put my first qualifier in early just in case it rained and I did a 48.7 and told my team `we can do a 47.´ You are talking about finding another seven tenths but I´d made a few little mistakes. I thought we could do it but just missed out at the end. Hats off to my team and Yamaha because I´m feeling good as far as race set-up goes and I think we have got the right tyre from Michelin.´

James Toseland - 8th

`To finish less than a second off pole when you consider all the time we have lost due to the weather is a great result for me. I´m relieved to be honest because when it started dry this morning, the dry set-up we had was quite a long way off. It was really hard to ride with that setting and we have changed the bike a lot and gone to a set-up close to what Colin is running. The bike feels a bit more stable now. I think for a tighter track the set-up I had wasn´t going to be too bad. But on a fast and flowing track like this it was a little bit nervous so we just changed the front a bit. Now we haven´t got a bad set-up, but I have only had 10 laps on a decent set-up. With the set-up and lack of knowledge of the track, to be a less than a second away is not bad. Fair play to my team because we did a lot of work and fortunately for me the new set-up is a good direction to go in.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, James Toseland, Colin Edwards, Tech 3 Yamaha

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