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Edwards and Spies target improvements in hot Sepang

Edwards and Spies target improvements in hot Sepang

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Colin Edwards and Ben Spies are optimistic they can make big set-up improvements ahead of Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP race after an encouraging start in Sepang.

Boosted by a season’s best fifth place in Japan last weekend, Edwards spent the majority of a closely contested opening free practice session concentrating on improving front and rear grip with his YZR-M1 machine. He made several set-up changes to the front and rear suspension of his bike on his way to recording the sixth quickest time, a lap of 2’03.393 only 0.055s away from the top five.

Ben Spies arrived in Kuala Lumpur confident that he would be competitive from the off having impressed in two visits to the long and technical circuit during the winter testing campaign. The 26 year-old occupied a place in the top four in the early stages before a lap of 2’03.477 left him ninth on the timesheets but less than a tenth away from the top six.

Colin Edwards – 6th

“I'm happy to be in the top six and really close to fifth but we have still got a lot of work to do. We changed as much on the bike in one hour that we would do in one day at the test because I was really struggling with front and rear grip. We had to move a lot of weight off the front because I wasn't as confident with the front tyre as I have been recently. And I was changing the front and rear suspension a lot to try and improve the traction. I just didn't feel like I could carry any lean angle, so considering some of the limitations I had this afternoon, the position is not too bad. I know I was losing time out t here so with some more overnight changes I'm sure I can be faster."

Ben Spies – 9th

“For how I felt on the bike, the lap times are not so bad because I honestly expected to see myself in dead last. I just didn't feel confident enough with the bike to push it as hard as I normally can but looking at the times I'm actually not too far off. So I'm actually not as worried as I expected because if we can improve the bike like I know we will, I'll be right up there and in a much stronger position. I've just got to keep plugging away but today we were just chasing front and rear grip. The bike didn't feel that balanced either but we've got lots of ideas and I'm sure we'll be quicker tomorrow and in a strong position to challenge for the top five on Sunday.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 press release

MotoGP, 2010, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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