Indianapolis GP: Tech 3 Yamaha qualifying report

Double Top Ten Start for Edwards and Toseland for Indy GP The Texas Tornado, Colin Edwards, is targeting a top five result at his second home race of the season in tomorrow's Indianapolis Grand Prix at the legendary Racing Capital of the ...

Double Top Ten Start for Edwards and Toseland for Indy GP

The Texas Tornado, Colin Edwards, is targeting a top five result at his second home race of the season in tomorrow's Indianapolis Grand Prix at the legendary Racing Capital of the World.

Edwards qualified fifth fastest today with a slick performance that could have been even better except for a harmless crash with eight minutes remaining.

Edwards had just posted his fastest time of 1.40.961 and was on the pace for a possible front row start when he crashed over a bump at turn six. Edwards had been comfortably in the top five throughout the one hour session.

Meanwhile Briton James Toseland is also in strong position for a top ten result in tomorrow's 28 lap race following a confidence boosting set-up change to his Monster Yamaha Tech3 YZR-M1.

Toseland sliced a massive 1.5s off his morning free practice time to qualify tenth. He was bumped from a certain 8th position when he was slowed by traffic on his final lap.

Qualifying was run in warm and sunny conditions, a dramatic contrast to yesterday's gloomy and wet opening practice session for the 12th race of the season.

Colin Edwards 5 th.1.40.961 -- 21 laps

"I'm excited, I'm starting on the second row and I 'I've got a good race pace and if I keep today's pace it should be an easy top five, maybe even a fight for the podium. We've got a good direction with Bridgestone on tyres and have a choice of either the hard or soft option, depending on the weather. I felt really comfortable and confident the whole session. I would like to say that I didn't do anything wrong when I crashed but I guess I did, I hit the one bump that is in turn six. With the suspension compressed, the bike leaned over and big bump the two didn't mix. It's kind of deceiving, you don't know where you are, the corner has a decreasing radius. I can't decide whether to go around the bump or inside it. I had just just done my fastest lap and I felt I had more in it and I was already 0.2s faster on the first split so I thought a 1.40.4 was possible but I didn't do it."

James Toseland 10th. 1.41.620 -- 26 laps

"I'm confident for race, I was good in the wet yesterday and now we have a strong set-up for the dry and the changes have given me a better feeling. I've gone nearly two seconds quicker than I did this morning and I'm really pleased with that, so thanks to the team for all their work. It's just shame that I caught Marco Melandri on the last lap and he made a mistake at the last corner and unfortunately just slowed me up a bit, It wasn't Marco's fault I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We were both pushing. I was 0.3s up on Marco at that point and still did my equal best lap of the session so I reckon I could have be 0.4s.faster overall. We've made a really positive change to the front-end geometry, just raked it out a bit .I've sacrificed some weight on the front to get more rear traction and that's where time is coming from."

-credit: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , James Toseland , Marco Melandri