San Marino GP: Tech 3 Yamaha qualifying report

Tech 3 Yamaha set sights on top six James Toseland and Colin Edwards have targeted top six finishes in tomorrow's Misano GP, which the Tech 3 Yamaha duo will start from ninth and tenth on the grid respectively. British rider James Toseland ...

Tech 3 Yamaha set sights on top six

James Toseland and Colin Edwards have targeted top six finishes in tomorrow's Misano GP, which the Tech 3 Yamaha duo will start from ninth and tenth on the grid respectively.

British rider James Toseland clocked a best lap of 1.34.652 in a baking hot qualifying session to secure his ninth top ten grid position of the season. Toseland though believes he could have secured a place on the second row of the grid had he not lost crucial time on his last qualifying tyre with a small mistake at the final corner.

The 27-year-old though has been able to run consistent times on improved Michelin tyres throughout the weekend, which bodes well for a top six challenge in tomorrow's 28-lap race.

American Edwards was just 0.143s behind Toseland to finish tenth. Edwards believes he can still further improve his race set-up on his Yamaha YZR-M1 to help maintain his top six placing in the 2008 world championship standings.

James Toseland 9th 1.34.652 -- 26 laps

"I'm a bit frustrated because I think I should have been on the second row and maybe as high as fourth. We made a step with the bike set-up but on my last qualifier I got the penultimate corner pretty good, so I whacked on the throttle and the rear came round on me. It stopped before I was on a trip to the moon, but the bike had gone into a bit of a headshake and I just missed my braking point for the last corner and ran slightly wide. I lost at least a couple of tenths and that cost me the second row. But so far it has been a good weekend and the tyres have been much better from Michelin. And I've had time to work on the setting with the weather staying consistent, which has been a massive help. So often this season when I've really needed dry time to help me get upto speed, the weather has gone against me. But this weekend it's helped me work from a base setting and we have been able to improve the bike. It is going to be a long and hard race and we've got to wait and see what tyre endurance is going to be like with the conditions being so hot. Nobody has done more than 15 or 16 laps so it will be tough, but I've got a good race set-up to give me a good chance. From the problems that we have had in the last few races, Michelin has responded well, but I'm not sure what the grip will be like after 15 laps. I definitely think we can be fighting for the top six, which is what we have not been able to do for a couple of months now."

Colin Edwards 10th 1.34.795 -- 28 laps

"I've never gone well at this track but when I was second yesterday morning I thought there was a slight glimmer of hope. I thought it might have been a good weekend because I felt good and confident but since then I've hit a brick wall. All I can do is a 35.4 regardless of what tyre I'm using or what changes we make to the bike. My first three qualifiers were barely better than a 35.4 and my last one I managed to put in a decent time, but nothing special. I'm a bit confused to be honest because it doesn't matter what we do, the lap time is around the same. Could I have gone much faster than I did? I don't think so. Nothing I tried made the feeling significantly better from yesterday morning and honestly I'm searching for answers myself. It is not through a lack of effort and my guys at Tech 3 as always have been working harder than ever, but the lap time just isn't improving. Tomorrow is going to be a long race but I'll be looking to get in the fight for the top six. I've got to try and get a good start and go, but I know the rear tyre I've got to run takes a couple of laps to get up to temperature on the left side. So I've got to be aggressive while at the same time a bit cautious about that. But the first couple of laps are the most important, so after that I'll have to put my head down and see what I can do."

-credit: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , James Toseland