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American rivals to fight from row two

American rivals to fight from row two

MotoGP’s two American riders Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden will be battling against each other from the second row in Sunday’s Indianapolis contest.

Although Colin Edwards suffered a rare crash in qualifying at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix he still put his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine fifth on The Brickyard grid, meaning he will get away just ahead of compatriot Nicky Hayden in Sunday’s race.

The Texas Tornado is feeling good despite his late tumble and is ready for battle in front of the home fans, having missed the front row by less than half a second.

“I’m starting on the second row and I’ve got a good race pace,” stated Edwards. “If I keep up Saturday’s pace it should be an easy top five and maybe I can even a fight for the podium. I felt really comfortable and confident the whole session. I would like to say that I didn’t do anything wrong when I crashed, but I guess I did.”

Explaining the crash in more detail, Edwards elaborated, “With the suspension compressed, the bike leaned over and the big bump, the elements didn’t mix. It’s kind of deceiving, you don’t know where you are. I can’t decide whether to go around the bump or inside it. I had just done my fastest lap and I felt I had more, but I just didn’t do it.”

Ducati star Hayden had a more incident free qualifying session and will attempt to do his bit to get the crowd going from sixth on the grid, as he strives to repeat his 2008 Indy podium, even if he was not satisfied on Saturday evening at his home event.

“Even though this is my best dry qualifying result and second best grid position of the year I still feel I could have gone faster at the end and I’m not completely happy,” said the man from Kentucky. “I set a good lap chasing Dani (Pedrosa) but I think the tyre went off right at the end because it started to spin up in the last sector and it cost me some time. Anyway, I’m on the second row and we’re competitive so it’s not all bad.”

He continued, “I know what I’m in for tomorrow and I’m not expecting to find a full second in the morning. The main thing will be to see about the tyre choice if it is a lot cooler, as a lot of people are expecting. I’m really looking forward to racing in front of my fans, friends and family here at Indy and the plan is to get the best start possible, try to hang on to that front group as long as I can and just give the absolute maximum.”

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MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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