Both Yamaha Tech3 riders on second row Colin Edwards and James Toseland will start tomorrow's 25-lap Catalunya GP from next to each other on the second row of the grid after both led this afternoon's qualifying session. Edwards was just 0.2s...
Both Yamaha Tech3 riders on second row
Colin Edwards and James Toseland will start tomorrow's 25-lap Catalunya GP from next to each other on the second row of the grid after both led this afternoon's qualifying session.
Edwards was just 0.2s off the front row but still maintained his impressive qualifying record in 2008 to register a seventh straight top five position on the grid. Toseland, who has adapted to the technical Catalunya circuit amazingly fast, was just one place and 0.211s back in sixth with his best qualifying performance since the Estoril round in Portugal.
The Tech 3 Yamaha duo are happy to have qualified together on the second row having posted competitive lap times all weekend on race tyres. Both are confident their fast pace on race tyres will help them play a leading role in tomorrow's race. Edwards and Toseland have been able to run a constant pace in the 1.43 bracket, and believe they can fine-tune their YZR-M1 settings in the warm-up session to further boost their chances of a positive result.
Colin Edwards 5th 1'41.609;
"I had three qualifying tyres and obviously I was trying my hardest for a front row but I'll take fifth because I'm really happy with my race set-up. With all the extra grip from the qualifiers I feel like we can go much faster but it never really happened. I did a 41.7 on my first tyre and my last tyre was a 1.41.7, so I hit a bit of a wall. I'm fifth and I'm not disappointed with that at all. Once you get off the second row you dread the alarm clock going off in the morning, so I'm happy to be on the second row.
"Today is all for glitz and glamour but tomorrow is the real show and my times on race tyres look pretty good, so if we can repeat that tomorrow we'll be in the hunt. This weekend I've been tinkering with the bike quite a lot, more than we have all season so far. Yesterday we had a good setting but we needed more rear grip. We have found that today so thanks to my guys at Tech 3 because as usual they did a great job. We are working in the right direction although we had to tweak the front a bit. When you get more rear grip you create some other issues and we had to play with the front a bit. We've got it better but we'll try something in the warm-up. We know the direction to go with Michelin but the key will be getting a good start. I really need to focus on that and be as hard and aggressive as I can in the first four laps. That's when the guy's tyres will start to go off and hopefully I'll be able to go with the leading bunch."
James Toseland 6th 1'41.820;
"I'm chuffed to bits to be on the second row and I'll be honest but I did put it on the line a bit. But you have to do that because to give yourself a chance you don't want to be any further back than the second row and thankfully that's where I am. When there is a tight first corner like here it can spread people out early on so a good start will be crucial. That first corner looks a bit tricky but hopefully I'll get through it cleanly. I tried a lot of changes on the bike today and they all moved me in the right direction, so thanks to Tech 3 for that. Now we've got a decent base setting I don't have to make big changes and it is just a case of tweaking things. With the extra grip we've found from the rear I sacrificed a bit on the front, but we made a change today that helped with stability for the faster corners. The difference between the second and third row is massive and I'm happy to be back in the top six. You really need experience on the qualifiers and I'm gradually building up my speed and confidence with them and Michelin is doing a great job. Qualifying is amazingly competitive so I'm happy with sixth. These guys will not allow you to blink and I must have blinked on that lap otherwise I would have been higher up the grid. Everybody is so close it will be crucial to get that good start. I think I can definitely run the pace at the front and I am looking forward to it."