US GP: Tech 3 Yamaha Friday notes

Tech 3 Yamaha duo looking for improvements Colin Edwards ended the first day of his home race at Laguna Seca with the seventh fastest time, while James Toseland was 16th quickest as the Tech 3 Yamaha team experienced a tough start to...

Tech 3 Yamaha duo looking for improvements

Colin Edwards ended the first day of his home race at Laguna Seca with the seventh fastest time, while James Toseland was 16th quickest as the Tech 3 Yamaha team experienced a tough start to the American GP.

Struggling to get the best performance out of his Michelin tyres, Edwards was also hampered by a neck injury that he suffered when crashing out of a rain-lashed German GP just five days ago. Edwards was due to have further medical examinations with Dr Art Ting tonight to assess the neck injury.

Less than 24 hours after confirming he had signed a new contract with Tech 3 for the 2009 world championship, Edwards clocked a best time of 1.23.077 in the closing stages of this afternoon's session, which was run under blue skies but in cooler than normal air temperatures of 22 degrees. Conditions though were significantly better than this morning when heavy cloud and mist covered the spectacular California circuit.

British rider Toseland had a difficult first day too, which culminated in him crashing unhurt at the end of the second session.

Colin Edwards - Position: 7th1.23.077 - 58 laps

"That certainly didn't go as well as I expected and right now it looks like it is going to be a tough weekend. Firstly, something is wrong with my neck. I'm trying to be the tough guy but I can't even turn my head to look around. There is something clicking and grinding in there so I am going to get an X-ray on my neck with Dr Ting just to make sure everything is okay. The issue is with the down force and in particular with the weight of my helmet pushing down on my head. It is like somebody is ramming a red hit poker or a knife in my neck. It happened in the crash in Germany and it is certainly not helping me. But I have got a few issues that are making it tough. I'm having problems with getting heat into the tyres at the moment, and to do the lap time I did right at the end, I'm giving myself a pat on the back for that. I did my best time on my 18th lap on that tyre, so obviously it gets better the more you use it. But early on with the temperature issue it is tough to run the pace of where we need to be. I guess we just got to hope it gets a bit warmer to try and help the grip."

James Toseland - Position: 16th1.23.955 - 55 laps

"I'm not happy at all. It has been hard to do the lap times I expected and we have got some problems with the set-up and the tyres. I'm really struggling to have a good feeling and it has been a bit frustrating. I was pushing hard at the end of the session and crashed at turn three and I was only going to really improve by a tenth and maybe gain one position, and 15th is not where I expected to be. The main issue at the moment is getting heat into the tyres because we have got mostly harder compound tyres in my allocation. I've got a couple of softer options but I need to save one for the race and possibly use one tomorrow afternoon to make sure it is the direction that we need. I'll sit down tonight with my guys to see if we can do something with the set-up that will push us a bit further forward. But today I was going as fast as I could and not feeling like I had much room for improvement. We'll try and improve tomorrow as we always do and remain positive looking ahead to the race."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , James Toseland