Fast start for Toseland and Edwards at rain-hit Indy James Toseland produced a skilful display of wet weather riding at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, the British rider a hugely encouraging sixth quickest in a rain-lashed ...
Fast start for Toseland and Edwards at rain-hit Indy
James Toseland produced a skilful display of wet weather riding at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, the British rider a hugely encouraging sixth quickest in a rain-lashed first MotoGP practice session.
The 28-year-old quickly mastered treacherous conditions and varying grip levels to occupy a top three place for much of the opening half of the session as round 12 of the 2009 MotoGP world championship started under grey and gloomy skies at the historic Indy circuit.
Using a new softer wet weather suspension setting on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machine, Toseland was as high as second position before he finished in an encouraging sixth place.
His best time of 1.52.888 was just over 1.3s away from Dani Pedrosa's best pace and 0.240s quicker than team-mate Edwards.
Making a solid and steady start to his second home race in less than three months, Texan Edwards grew in confidence and a best lap of 1.53.128 in the final stages secured him eighth position
Edwards is bidding for an incredible 20th successive points-scoring finish in Sunday's 28-lap race and will be boosted by forecasts for much more favourable weather conditions over the remainder of the weekend.
James Toseland 6th 1.52.588 -- 18 laps
"I'm really happy with that session and it was definitely the positive way I wanted to start the weekend. For most of the session I was running in the top four or higher once I'd built up my confidence after the first few laps. I went with a wet setting that was a bit softer than usual and it worked really well and gave me a lot of confidence with the front-end. I could really push in the places where you could make up a bit of time and that helped me a lot. This track is really strange in the wet with the different sections of tarmac. Some places it can seem really dangerous with a lot of standing water and in another part the grip is phenomenal and it feels so good you can almost push like you're riding in the dry. Some sections of the track are so good in the wet it's better than Assen, and that was always the best track for grip in the wet. At times it almost feels like you are going from a wet to a dry track. You need to have a compromise with the setting because of that but my team did a great job today with the soft setting and if we get some more bad weather we look in really good shape. Hopefully it will be dry and we can put on a good show for the Indy fans."
Colin Edwards 8th 1.53.128 -- 22 laps
"I can't believe we waited a whole year to come back to this amazing venue after what happened with the weather in 2008 and it ends up raining again. Hopefully for tomorrow we'll get a dry track and also on Sunday so the fans will get to see MotoGP at its best. This place really freaks me out because some sections of the track look really slippery. But in reality there is so much grip that you can ride almost like it's dry. You can be so aggressive in some parts that at the start you have to convince yourself just how hard you can push. The track is so wet it looks like a mirror but that's where you can really attack with such good grip. You just have to take bigger bites each lap and how fast you go depends if you hit some of the standing water on the new sections. Thankfully the forecast is for dry weather for the rest of the weekend, but if it changes I'm sure we've got a really good wet setting and we definitely learned some things that will help for the future."
-credit: tech 3