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Tech3 pair on good form on special weekend

Tech3 pair on good form on special weekend

James Toseland and Colin Edwards are aiming for a double celebration in Australia on Sunday having enjoyed a good qualifying practice Down Under.

James Toseland – on the eve of his 28th birthday – and Colin Edwards – at his 100th GP – have both qualified in decent positions at Phillip Island.

James Toseland –fifth

`For once it feels nice to be slightly miserable because I know I could have been on the front row. I went wide at the second corner and I had a bit of a slide coming out of Siberia on my last qualifier but I came across the line and saw a 29 flat. I was pleased with that, but when I saw the front row was a 28.7 and pole was a 28.6, I realised I could have perhaps got pole being only three-tenths off even with a couple of mistakes. At least it is nice to know where I lost those three-tenths and that with a bit more time I could have found them rather than wondering where I need to make up time on the quick guys. I´ve got to thank my guys at Tech 3 because we have worked well all weekend. Looking at the times it could be a cracking race and I will be giving it my all to celebrate my birthday with a good result.´

Colin Edwards - seventh

`I thought it was going to be much better after I got fifth this morning when I was really happy. We just reverted back to our standard setting this morning and instantly I felt good. I was running a good pace and I felt really confident for qualifying. But we had to change bikes for this afternoon and I just didn´t have the same feel. Normally changing bikes isn´t a big deal, but I think on a track like this where everything is so fast and it all feels so sensitive, I felt the change a lot more. It just felt rigid and I couldn´t get much feel. And when you have got push so much harder on the qualifying tyres, it is hard to go fast when you don´t have feel. After all that happened, to come out of it with seventh, I´m actually really happy. It´s my 100th Grand Prix tomorrow and I´ve had some memorable moments since 2003. Hopefully I can make tomorrow one of them.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, James Toseland, Tech 3 Yamaha

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