Portuguese GP: Tech 3 Yamaha qualifying report

Edwards impresses in Estoril qualifying, Toseland battles to 12th Colin Edwards continued his brilliant qualifying form at the Estoril circuit this afternoon, the Texan riding his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine to fifth position on the grid in ...

Edwards impresses in Estoril qualifying, Toseland battles to 12th

Colin Edwards continued his brilliant qualifying form at the Estoril circuit this afternoon, the Texan riding his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine to fifth position on the grid in preparation for the 28-lap Portuguese MotoGP.

A fastest lap of 1.37.142 ensured Edwards claimed his 10th second row start of 2009 to strengthen the American's bid for fifth place overall in the world championship standings.

In temperatures that again hit the mid-twenties, Edwards concentrated his efforts on finding a balance between stability and turning with the front-end of his YZR-M1 machine.

Edwards was as high as fourth place at one stage and the 35-year-old finished leading non-factory rider again on the timesheets, an achievement he has managed with remarkable consistency this season.

James Toseland, who is still firmly in the hunt for a top seven world championship finish, will start from 12th position on the grid.

The British rider worked on geometry and wheelbase changes to improve grip levels with his YZR-M1 and he was under 0.2s away from a top ten finish in another closely contested session.

Colin Edwards 5th 1.37.142 -- 26 laps

"If you're the next best rider on the timesheets behind the four best in the world then you're not doing a bad job. And I felt like I did a good job today. We tuned the bike to get rid of some of the small movement issues I had with the front yesterday. It made it more comfortable but the changes meant the bike didn't turn as well. We played around with the setting to make it turn better again but then the movement returned. At this track you need the turning so I can handle the movement. I'm probably trying to make the bike feel too perfect. The first corner here is always pretty tricky and after what happened in Misano I'll be trying to make it through. I genuinely believe I can fight for the podium tomorrow. I know it will be really difficult but Dani (Pedrosa) had some problems at the end of the race in Misano and nobody is sure whether Casey (Stoner) is going to be able to keep his pace for 28-laps. I'm sure it will be a good race though and I'm looking forward to having a strong finish to the year for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team."

James Toseland 12th 1.37.823 -- 26 laps

"It has been a little bit frustrating today because we decided to change the geometry and the wheelbase of the bike, but it meant we had less time to find the ideal set-up. Towards the end of the session we found a good set-up and while 12th on the grid is not bad, I feel I could have been at least one row further forward. That's frustrating but I'm sure I'll be starting the race tomorrow in pretty good shape. My lap times on race tyres are good and I'm looking forward to a really good warm-up session because we'll be making a couple of slight tweaks that I think will give us even better performance. The first corner is always quite difficult at this track with it being so tight, so my plan is to try and stay out of trouble, get my head down and have a really good race for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team."

-credit: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , James Toseland
Teams Tech 3