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Tech 3 pair reflect on Saturday action

Tech 3 pair reflect on Saturday action

Colin Edwards and James Toseland of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team comment on the second day of action at Montmeló.

Colin Edwards still qualified in sixth place despite a crash on Saturday afternoon at the Circuit de Catalunya, whilst his team-mate James Toseland is not far behind him on the grid.

Colin Edwards - 6th

“I guess I'm pretty fortunate to have finished on the second row considering I crashed out at the crucial stage of the session. We made some changes overnight to help me get more comfortable with the front-end and while it was better, I'm still not close to the comfort level I need to go as fast as I know I can. I'm still not comfortable in the middle of the corner and I can't get it to turn or hold a line. Even when I was on the soft tyres towards the end I still didn't feel like I could push too hard. I'm normally really smooth but I can't ride like that right now. Luckily I'd done a pretty decent time on my first two softer tyres because on the last one I crashed out. The crash was a bit weird because I lost the front really early while I was still hard braking and leaning over. Normally when I lose the front it's at the apex when I'm starting to force the front. If I'm being honest, on race tyres I'm not that confident because of the set-up issue with the front. I know Valentino, Jorge and Casey are all running a good pace and it's crucial to get a good start and try and tag onto the back of them. I'd love to say I'm going to be on the podium tomorrow, which is what I had aspirations of, but it's looking difficult. As always though I'll be giving it my all for Monster Yamaha Tech 3."

James Toseland - 9th

“I can't believe I'm saying this after the season I've had but I'm frustrated with my best qualifying result of the season. To finish under a tenth off fifth and be down in ninth is frustrating though, but at least I'm frustrated to be close to fifth and not fifteenth! At the start of the session I was out on used tyres and with the temperature being so hot it was quite difficult to find grip. But it was good to get information on the extra hard tyre in that heat for the race. On my last run I had a new front and rear, so it was difficult to get a good feeling straightaway with the front. In the last two corners on my last lap I had two big moments on the front and without doubt that cost me fifth place. Going into the last two corners I'd have been fifth, but at least at that pace I feel really comfortable because I can do that time with a couple of issues. MotoGP is now so close that a tenth has cost me four places on the grid. It's a shame that I'm not on the second row because the way I'm riding and the way the team is working, we deserve to be a bit higher up, but we've all done a great job today and I've got a good chance in the race tomorrow. It's my best qualifying of the year, so hopefully I can capitalise on it and give Monster Yamaha Tech 3 a good result."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, James Toseland, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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