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Spies and Edwards qualify fifth and seventh

Spies and Edwards qualify fifth and seventh

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo will start tomorrow’s Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from the second and third rows.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Ben Spies produced another inspired qualifying performance in Misano today, the American just missing out on a third successive front row start by the narrowest of margins. The Texan was able to capitalise on numerous set-up tweaks made from practice to finish just 0.075s from the front row in a closely contested qualifying session that saw less than one second cover the top nine riders.

Spies was once again leading non-factory team rider in fifth position, his quickest lap of 1’34.472 just 0.002s behind reigning World Champion and Misano crowd favourite Valentino Rossi. Spies made big progress in his quest to find a more comfortable front-end setting with his YZR-M1 machine this afternoon and the 26 year-old is confident he can mount a strong challenge for his third podium finish of the season in tomorrow's race.

Colin Edwards further boosted his confidence that he can claim a first top-six finish of the 2010 campaign after storming to seventh place on the grid. Edwards' growing confidence in a front-end setting he first used in Brno last month was evident again after he finished fourth overall in free practice.

Edwards missed claiming a place on the second row of the grid for only the second time in 12 races by just 0.031s, his best time of 1’34.782 leaving him to start from the front of the third row. The 36 year-old plans to make more overnight front-end tweaks ahead of the 28-lap race as he looks to strengthen his bid for a top-ten World Championship position.

Ben Spies - 5th

"We made some changes to the bike overnight that didn't really help this morning and then made more changes before qualifying and they made a big improvement. Everything went smooth and it was a good qualifying session. The first goal is to be on the second row at least and I've done that, but I think I should have had another front row. I got caught up with Capirossi and that was a little annoying. I wasn't too upset at the time because I didn't think it would be a front row lap, but looking back I was on my best lap and I'm pretty sure I would be sitting on the outside of the front row. But I'm a lot happier and more confident with the bike than I was this morning and I know we can make some more changes to make us stronger for the race. We can make the bike easier to ride towards the end of the race and I'm looking forward to it. My confidence is really high after the last couple of races and there's no reason why I can't be challenging for a top position again tomorrow.”

Colin Edwards - 7th

“I've felt good on the bike all weekend and that showed with fourth position overall in practice. I really felt I had the speed to get on the second row, but De Puniet just got sixth from me by less than a tenth. But I'm happy with the way things have been going this weekend. As the temperature came up today it felt like I was pushing the front a bit but I know we can make a minor adjustment to fix that and my race pace has been pretty strong all weekend. I doubt I can do mid-34s the whole race but I think a top six is definitely within my grasp. After what happened last year I just want to make it through the first corner and at least get the chance to put up a fight. But there's no reason why the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team shouldn't have a double top-six finish tomorrow and that would be a great result.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 press release

MotoGP, 2010, GP APEROL DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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