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Solid start to proceedings for Tech 3 on Adriatic Coast

Solid start to proceedings for Tech 3 on Adriatic Coast

The Tech 3 Yamaha team returned to the top ten in scorching hot conditions at Misano on Friday, with Colin Edwards fourth fastest on the opening day of free practice.

Looking to strengthen his bid for fourth place in the World Championship in the final third of the season, Colin Edwards made a brilliant start at Misano on Friday morning when he clocked the second fastest time.

Edwards lapped within 0.002s of reigning World Champion Casey Stoner, and his best time of 1´35.424 secured him fourth overall, as further tests on his Yamaha YZR-M1 race settings in the afternoon failed to see an improvement in his lap time.

His team-mate James Toseland capitalised on the improvements made by Michelin as he ended the day with a best lap of 1´36.105. The Englishman is confident of further improvements on Saturday.

Colin Edwards - fourth

`I was really fired up this morning and it all felt pretty natural and the bike felt good. The tyres seemed to work great for ten laps but when I went out on them again to check the endurance this afternoon it didn´t feel as good. Maybe it was the temperature because it was a bit hotter this afternoon but I went out thinking it would be the same as this morning. I felt like I was riding well, but the pace just wasn´t there as it had been this morning. We have still got some work to do but I feel more confident that at the last few races and I´ll looking to get that challenge for fourth in the championship back on track.´

James Toseland - tenth

`I´m pretty pleased to be back in the top ten and we worked hard on the race set-up, only running one set of tyres through the whole session. I did 23 laps on the tyres and I was still doing low and consistent 1´36s. We have had some issues with the tyres and I really wanted to make sure we have got the endurance for the race. I think if we had put a fresh set of tyres in at the end there was definitely a 1´35s in there, so I´m not too worried about being in tenth because it feels like there is plenty more to come.´

MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, James Toseland, Colin Edwards, Tech 3 Yamaha

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