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Mixed fortunes for Tech3 Yamaha pair

Mixed fortunes for Tech3 Yamaha pair

Herve Poncharal´s MotoGP charges give their views on qualifying at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Satellite Yamaha riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland explain how they ended up fifth and twelfth respectively on the Sepang grid.

Colin Edwards - fifth

`That was a pretty eventful session to say the least. I was last, first, tenth and ended up fifth and that´s how it can be on a drying track. You have tyres that are right for one moment, and then a minute later that´s not the right tyre and six or more guys go faster. At the start when it was already drying up pretty quickly, I just couldn´t get the tyres to work at all in those mixed conditions. I went out on one of the hardest tyres I had and it just wasn´t lasting, so I decided to sit in the pits for a bit hoping it would get to a point where it would be dry enough for slicks. It was drying really quickly, but I was worried it was going to rain again and I was going to be in big trouble because I think I was last at one point. I think I was the first guy to go on slicks in the front and rear and I got to some decent times for the conditions, just using a soft race tyre to get some confidence for the qualifiers. I wanted to put the slicks on as soon as I could just to try and put in a decent time and improve my position in case it rained again. I only used two qualifiers and my first one was just to understand how much grip there was. The grip was pretty good although there were still a couple of little damp patches you had to watch for. It only slowed us down by a second from last year´s pole but you just had to stay on line. You couldn´t really venture off line too far. On my last qualifier I did a good job but I made a small mistake and that might have cost me the front row. But with the way the session started and the problems I was having with the rain tyres on a drying track, I´ll definitely take a place on the second row.´

James Toseland - twelfth

`Today was all about timing and judging when to jump on the bike with slick tyres on to make the most of the drying track. But unfortunately I just missed out. The track was just drying at the point when I´d run out of time to put in another qualifier, but I´m sure I could have got in the 2.02s and that´s a second row, so it is a bit frustrating. Early on when it was full wet I was trying not to take any risks because I could see it was going to dry quickly. There were still a few puddles in some places and going through them on slicks pretty much means an instant loss of traction for a split second. At times I was top three, then out of the top ten, and then leading, so that shows how up and down it was when the track was dry.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, James Toseland, Colin Edwards, Tech 3 Yamaha

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