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Power issues for Tech 3 pair to solve

Power issues for Tech 3 pair to solve

Ben Spies secured his best qualification of the season so far with seventh at the AirAsia British Grand Prix and Colin Edwards was tenth, and both outlined the task ahead in Sunday’s race.

Ben Spies’ best qualifying result of the 2010 campaign to date means the American will start from seventh on the grid at Silverstone on Sunday, as the 25 year-old recovered from a morning practice crash to set a best time of 2’04.477.

The American, who injured his left ankle in a fall at Le Mans in round three, explained that a momentary lapse resulted in his fall in FP2. However, he was able to climb back aboard his M1 and put in a strong qualifying to lap at 1.169s off pole holder Jorge Lorenzo’s pace.

“The crash this morning obviously aggravated my ankle and I lost pretty much all of that session,” Spies explained to “It was just a mistake of mine, I slowed down and let the tyre cool a bit. I was coming into the pits and I don’t really know what happened… I just leaned over and the bike was gone so it’s another cold tyre crash. But qualifying was better and we went out and worked on race set-up and got going. We’re struggling a little with speed on the bike and we’re doing the best we can, but it’ll be a tough race for us.”

Spies outlined an issue with engine power which he hopes will not prove too much of a handicap in the race. “I think we’re probably the two slowest bikes out there so it’s going to be tough to race people and make passes but as a rider you can only do what you can,” he added.

A strong start will be the key the Texan believes, and if he can get a good one then another solid result could be on the cards. “If we don’t get off to a good start it’s going to be hard trying to overtake people,” he explained. “If we can get a good one I think we have good pace and the bike’s working pretty good. If we get shuffled back to eighth or ninth then passing will be very difficult, so a good start is important.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Colin Edwards was frustrated with the set-up of his machine, which he felt held him back from qualifying higher than the tenth spot he achieved.

“When you’re following guys you know you can beat and they’re pulling ahead by five or six bike lengths on the straight it’s hard,” he stated. “The engine is the main thing and we’re lacking real power. Ben and I are second last on the speed chart. But it starts from way back and it’s not just speed, it’s acceleration and everything.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s race, Edwards concluded by adding: “I would like to be confident. I’m confident in my ability and what I can do, I just need something to do it with.”

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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