Czech GP: Tech 3 Yamaha qualifying report

Tech 3 Yamaha set sights on top ten in Brno Tech 3 Yamaha duo Colin Edwards and James Toseland are determined to put in strong performances in tomorrow's Czech Republic GP in Brno after a difficult rain-soaked qualifying session this ...

Tech 3 Yamaha set sights on top ten in Brno

Tech 3 Yamaha duo Colin Edwards and James Toseland are determined to put in strong performances in tomorrow's Czech Republic GP in Brno after a difficult rain-soaked qualifying session this afternoon.

Edwards will start tomorrow's 22-lap race from an uncharacteristically lowly 15th position on the grid as he completed 10 laps in a session dominated by torrential rain, with parts of the circuit waterlogged by the end of qualifying.

Like Edwards, British rider Toseland worked tirelessly to find grip improvements with his Tech 3 team and Michelin engineers, but he will start one place further back in 16th place on the grid. He walked away unhurt from a crash at the first corner with 25 minutes remaining.

Although Toseland's time of 2.23.303 was outside of the required qualification time, the British rider will start tomorrow's race, which is the 12th round of the 2008 MotoGP world championship

Forecasts are for improved weather tomorrow, with the race expected to take place under cloudy but dry skies.

Colin Edwards 15th 2.20.074 - 10 laps

"It was very tough out there, and that's all I can really say. Starting from where I am it is going to be a very difficult race. But as always I will give it my best shot for Tech 3 and Yamaha. The conditions were really tough out there and to be honest we didn't expect so much rain that fell in the last part of the session. I started the session on a rear tyre that was probably too hard but we needed to get out and get some information for Michelin. By the time I'd put the softer tyre in the rain was unbelievable. That didn't help my situation but I'm not sure I could have improved a lot more if the rain was less and it would have been easy to take too many risks and crash. But it was a bit like Germany a few weeks ago when I had a few issues in the wet race. I was just trying to find consistent grip that gave me the confidence to push and I was lacking in that area. If it is dry tomorrow like the forecasts say then hopefully we can get some good information in the warm-up and put up a good fight in the race."

James Toseland 16th 2.23.303 - 11 laps

"It is has been a very difficult day for me and the Tech 3 Yamaha team, but rest assured I'll wake up tomorrow and I will be going out rain or shine giving it my maximum effort as I always do. I am not going to throw the towel in no matter how difficult it gets. I think it is obvious looking at the lap times where the problems are, but I'm not going to complain about anybody. It is my job to go out there and do the best job on the package I have got right now and that's what I will do. But if not all of the elements of the package come together then it becomes very difficult. The crash at the first corner there was really nothing I could do. I wasn't trying to make up big chunks of time because it was impossible in those conditions and I went down for no reason and that is disappointing. We'll see what happens tomorrow but the rain will have made the track dirty again and that could make it difficult for the slick tyres if the race is dry. I don't like starting from the back but if I can get a good start, hopefully I can get away with the bunch and have a good race."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , James Toseland