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Edwards and Crutchlow eager to get back on track

Edwards and Crutchlow eager to get back on track

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team pair had a positive and productive 45 minute opening practice, with Crutchlow learning the track and Edwards lapping in ninth place

Saturday morning will see the MotoGP class take part in a 75 minute practice session instead of the scheduled 45 after the second practice session on Friday was postponed.

The day was an unusual start for Edwards, the weekend marks the 150th MotoGP race for the American. He finished ninth on the leaderboard this morning with a best time of 1'51.826 and was happy with the base setup of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine.

British rider Crutchlow lost time trying to build up his knowledge of the technical Motorland Aragon in his first visit to the circuit. Crutchlow impressed with a lap of 1'52.580, leaving him close to the top 10 this morning. He finished 14th but he opted to use Bridgestone's soft compound front and rear tyres throughout the whole session, while the best lap times were all set on the harder options. Crutchlow is confident had he used the harder compounds available he would have challenged for a place inside the top 10.

Colin Edwards:
“That was a pretty easy day and to be honest I don't think I've ever been in and out of my leathers so many times in one day. This morning I felt pretty good and comfortable, which was immediately a good sign because I didn't have a very good feeling with this track last year. We struggled for rear grip last year and I rode a soft front tyre in the race to try and find something that worked. But this morning I was happy right from the start on the hard front and rear and we know we can make the set-up better. We had a few ideas to help this afternoon but obviously there were some electricity issues and that's a pity for the fans that came out to watch us today. It was the right decision so we'll use the extra rest and come out strong tomorrow aiming to improve our pace.”

Cal Crutchlow:
“I was really happy this morning because it was a good solid start and I really enjoyed riding the track. It was a pity I couldn't have lapped a little bit faster but I stayed on the soft front and rear tyres for the whole session. Most of the other guys used the harder tyres and when Colin changed, he dropped his time by a second. I'm sure I could have done the same and then I'd be looking at being inside the top 10, which is always my goal. It is obviously disappointing not to have the second session because it hurts me more than the other guys. I need to be out there learning the track and you lose the momentum gained. I felt really confident at the end of this morning and was looking forward to this afternoon, but now I've got to build up my pace all over again. There's nothing I can do about what happened and I'm confident with more time on track I can climb further up the timesheets.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team press release

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMIO DE ARAGÓN, Colin Edwards, Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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