Aragon GP: Tech 3 qualifying report

Spies shines at spectacular Motorland Aragon Ben Spies set himself up perfectly for a strong showing in tomorrow's Motorland Aragon MotoGP race after another masterful qualifying performance at the spectacular new Spanish venue this ...

Spies shines at spectacular Motorland Aragon

Ben Spies set himself up perfectly for a strong showing in tomorrow's Motorland Aragon MotoGP race after another masterful qualifying performance at the spectacular new Spanish venue this afternoon.

Spies will start from the second row of the grid for the seventh time in the last eight races after a dazzling lap of 1.49.565 saw him end a shortened 45-minute qualifying session in fifth position.

Having quickly mastered the technical and challenging 5.078km track in two practice sessions yesterday, Spies was able to significantly improve the set-up of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 in sunny but cool conditions this afternoon.

Temperatures nudged close to 20 degrees and Spies concentrated on making his YZR-M1 machine turn better in the long corners of the Motorland Aragon circuit, which has drawn universal praise from the MotoGP field for its challenging layout.

He finished only 0.059s behind compatriot Nicky Hayden in fourth place and just over 0.2s away from registering his third front row start in the last four races.

Colin Edwards will start his 100th MotoGP race for Yamaha from 11th position on the grid, the experienced American missing out on the top ten by just 0.117s.

Edwards initially attempted to qualify using the hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre, a decision that unfortunately didn't pay off as he'd anticipated. But he still had time to use his final soft tyre option to set a best time of 1.50.440 with a determined charge on his final lap.

Ben Spies - Position: 5th Time: 1'49.565 Laps: 20

"I'm pretty happy to be on the second row again and I managed to put in some decent laps on the race tyre that bodes well for tomorrow. I can still improve the bike and make it steer better in the longer corners because in the tight and twisty sections we've got it working pretty well. I'm in that top six battle where I need to be and I'm satisfied with that because I'm still in that fight for the top three in the championship. The start will be crucial because we're lacking a little bit of speed on the straight, so I need to get off the line good to try and go with those guys at the front. This track has got a lot of passing opportunities so it should be fun and a pretty good race for the fans to watch. I'm just trying to stay in that top six for the rest of the season but it is good that I'm consistently able to qualify and race with the fastest riders in MotoGP ."

Colin Edwards - Position 11th Time: 1'50.440 Laps: 19

"I started the session on the hard tyre and then switched to the softer compound to try and get my grid position but I had a bit of spinning and couldn't really get the best out of it. At that point I thought it would be better to try and qualify with the hard tyre because it was a bit more stable and I'd been able to run a better lap time. So for the last run I had a new hard and a new soft tyre to choose from and I went for the hard. All weekend I'd gone faster on the hard tyre but the last one I couldn't get the same feeling. I came back in with only four minutes to go and put the last soft tyre in knowing I'd only get one lap in. I scrubbed the tyre off as good as I could on the out lap and got my head down but I made a couple of really small mistakes that cost me a couple of places on the grid. Tomorrow is my 100th race for Yamaha and as always I'll be giving it the best effort I can."

-source: tech 3 yamaha

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Colin Edwards , Ben Spies
Teams Tech 3