San Marino GP: Tech 3 Yamaha Friday practice report

Solid start for Tech 3 Yamaha in Misano The Tech 3 Yamaha team returned to the top ten in scorching hot conditions in Misano today, with Colin Edwards fourth fastest on the opening day of free practice. And boosted by improvements with the ...

Solid start for Tech 3 Yamaha in Misano

The Tech 3 Yamaha team returned to the top ten in scorching hot conditions in Misano today, with Colin Edwards fourth fastest on the opening day of free practice.

And boosted by improvements with the performance of Michelin's tyres, British team-mate James Toseland was tenth quickest after logging fast and consistent times throughout the opening day.

Looking to strengthen his bid for fourth place in the championship in the final third of the season, Edwards made a brilliant start this morning when he clocked the second fastest time.

Edwards lapped within 0.002s of reigning world champion Casey Stoner, and his best time of 1.35.424 secured him fourth overall, as further tests on his Yamaha YZR-M1 race settings this afternoon failed to see an improvement in his lap time.

Toseland capitalised on the improvements made by Michelin as he ended the day with a best lap of 1.36.105. He's confident of further improvements tomorrow having completed his 23-laps in this afternoon's session on the same set of Michelin tyres, gaining valuable endurance information ahead of Sunday's 28-lap race

Colin Edwards 4th 1.35.424 -- 48 laps

"I was really fired up this morning and it all felt pretty natural and the bike felt good. The tyres seemed to work great for ten laps but when I went out on them again to check the endurance this afternoon it didn't feel as good. Maybe it was the temperature because it was a bit hotter this afternoon but I went out thinking it would be the same as this morning. I felt like I was riding well, but the pace just wasn't there as it had been this morning. I rode my second bike this afternoon and while they are always supposed to be the same, it is always different in some small way and it felt more rigid than this morning with the chassis. So I don't know if that also might have contributed to the times just not being as fast. I need to back-to-back the bikes tomorrow and see which one I am going to race because I've also got some small issues with wear on the rear tyre and it is similar to Brno. I've never really seen a wear pattern like that before so I'll sit down with Michelin and my guys tonight and see if we can figure something out. We have still got some work to do but I feel more confident that at the last few races and I'll looking to get that challenge for fourth in the championship back on track."

James Toseland 10th 1.36.105 -- 45 laps

"I'm pretty pleased to be back in the top ten and we worked hard on the race set-up, only running one set of tyres through the whole session. I did 23 laps on the tyres and I was still doing low and consistent 36s. We have had some issues with the tyres and I really wanted to make sure we have got the endurance for the race. I think if we had put a fresh set of tyres in at the end there was definitely a 35 in there, so I'm not too worried about being in tenth because it feels like there is plenty more to come. It is good because I'm able to do the pace quite comfortably. At the last three races I have been uncomfortable on 12 or 13 corners where here it's just two! It's a good base to start from and a big thanks to Michelin. We knew they had the capabilities to do it and they are working hard. There is still a lot to do but at least it shows they are pushing hard. I am sat here knowing that with hard work we might have an outside chance of fighting for a podium and that's what I'm here for. At the last three rounds I've had no chance of that and I've known it on Friday afternoon, so I feel well up for it. We need good and consistent grip to give Michelin good feedback and give them a direction they want and that's what we have done today."

-credit: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , James Toseland , Casey Stoner