Edwards and Toseland Set Fast Pace in Jerez Colin Edwards and James Toseland set impressive times on race and qualifying tyres as the Tech 3 Yamaha team made a positive start to the penultimate pre-season MotoGP test in Jerez today. Sporting a...
Edwards and Toseland Set Fast Pace in Jerez
Colin Edwards and James Toseland set impressive times on race and qualifying tyres as the Tech 3 Yamaha team made a positive start to the penultimate pre-season MotoGP test in Jerez today. Sporting a striking blue and yellow new paint scheme for the first time today, Edwards and Toseland posted the fourth and fifth quickest times respectively, both using the latest generation Michelin qualifying tyres to set their best times late on the opening day.
Edwards clocked a best lap of 1.39.629 to finish just 0.049s clear of fast learning newcomer Toseland, with the Tech 3 duo both within 0.5s of the fastest lap set by Nicky Hayden. Toseland produced one of the most eye-catching performances, with the British rider showing his growing confidence by setting one of the best times on race tyres. Toseland's best on race rubber of 1.40.768 was bettered only be seven-times world champion Valentino Rossi at 2pm this afternoon, and his time was 0.5s faster than his best race tyre lap when he tested the 2007 YZR-M1 in Jerez last November. With rain forecast for the final two days, Toseland was the only rider to complete a 26-lap race simulation today, lapping consistently in the 1.41 bracket.
Edwards and Toseland will take part in the televised 40-minute qualifying shootout tomorrow afternoon, with a BMW Z4 M Roadster going to the fastest rider.
Colin Edwards - Position: 4th Time: 1.39.629 Laps: 78
"My lap time looks good and I'm happy with that but we have got plenty of room to improve. My pace wasn't bad but strangely it wasn't as good as my pace in November, and I have got an improved engine and electronics. I'll have a sit down at the computer tonight with my team to see if we can resolve some of the small issues we have. To be honest I can't really put my finger on it and we are a little bit confused. But I know we can gain more time. The bike just seems a bit nervous going into the corner and the lap time is not coming as easy as it did in November. But that's why we go testing, though even with the problems we are still sitting in the top four which shows we are not in a bad position at all. I just want to be able to make the lap time a bit easier. Michelin is making a lot of progress with the qualifying tyres, and I think we have found a good direction for the season."
James Toseland - Position: 5th Time: 1.39.678 Laps: 91
"It is a massive boost for me. I've made a big jump in time on race and qualifying tyres compared to November. I'm happy to finish fifth quickest but to be second for most of the day on race tyres is more important for me. I also did a long run and was pleased with my consistency, because it wasn't the best part of the day with the conditions pretty windy when I was out. My best time on race tyres in November was a 1.41.2, so to do a 1.40.7 is really encouraging. I was also a lot faster on my qualifying tyres so that shows the progress I'm making with the team. It just shows what work we have put in over the last few tests. It has not been easy to adapt but with the experience of the team and especially my crew chief Guy Coulon, they are teaching me fast and it shows in the lap times. The time has come from the new traction control system that I didn't run in November, and a lot has come from me. I know how late I can brake and how the package reacts in certain situations. I can do things sub-consciously rather than wondering what is going to happen at that speed. When it is like that you can progress and go faster and faster."