Indianapolis GP: Tech 3 Yamaha qualifying report

Tech 3 Yamaha duo ready for historic Indianapolis race James Toseland and Colin Edwards will start alongside each other on the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow's MotoGP debut at the iconic Indianapolis circuit. In contrast to the torrential...

Tech 3 Yamaha duo ready for historic Indianapolis race

James Toseland and Colin Edwards will start alongside each other on the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow's MotoGP debut at the iconic Indianapolis circuit.

In contrast to the torrential rain that dominated the opening day of practice, today's qualifying session was run in sunny and humid conditions, giving Toseland and Edwards their first opportunity to familiarise themselves with a fully dry track.

Prime focus was on evaluating slick tyre performance on the different sections of asphalt at the Indy circuit, which had proved problematic in yesterday's wet conditions as grip levels varied on the old and new surface. Quickly getting to grips with the circuit in dry conditions, Toseland looked on course to claim an impressive second row start when he climbed to fifth place with just eight minutes of the session remaining. But he had to settle for 10th with a best time of 1.41.897, which was one place and just 0.037s faster than Edwards.

Edwards delighted a large home crowd with 24 minutes remaining when he surged to the top of the timesheets on his first Michelin qualifying tyre. Briefly relegated off the front row, Edwards elevated himself back into the top three with 16 minutes remaining. He eventually ended the session in 11th.

Weather forecasts for tomorrow's 28-lap race aren't for more of today's dry conditions, with Friday's heavy rain anticipated to return. Race bosses will constantly monitor weather forecasts tomorrow, with the possibility of the race being run earlier than the scheduled 3pm slot to avoid the most severe weather.

James Toseland - Position: 10 Time: 1'41.897Laps: 23

"It was a tough session and I'm disappointed not to be on the second row. We'd been working in a good direction with the bike for the qualifiers and on my penultimate tyre I must have gone over a second faster than the previous one. On the last one we tried another modification to the setting and unfortunately I lost all side grip. I had a bit of chatter at maximum lean angle, and that's where you need to be pushing on the qualifying tyres. It is a shame because I had been building up speed nicely and was confident of being on the second row. That one change at the end could have been the second row but it was the fourth and that is frustrating because we should have performed better. I've heard the weather is going to be bad tomorrow so I think it will be a battle of survival. It totally depends on how much it rains. If it is like yesterday morning then we can race, but if it is like it was at the end of the second session then it will be impossible unfortunately. That would be a great shame because even in torrential rain, three-quarters of the track is great for grip. On the old tarmac the water drains better than I've ever seen. Hopefully we won't have to worry about that and we can do what we came here for and what we want to do, and that's put on a good race for the American fans. They have been brilliant."

Colin Edwards - Position: 11 Time: 1'41.934Laps: 22

"I always do my fastest laps and my fastest riding when it looks like I'm just taking a Sunday cruise. I have always been really smooth but at the moment I'm having too climb all over the bike to stop it from chattering and that is strange because I haven't had any chatter all year. With a new track we tried a few big changes with the setting but with the lack of dry track time it hasn't been easy to get comfortable. It is not through a lack of effort that I'm not as high up the grid as I wanted to be. We have changed everything to try and make it better without much success. This morning's session wasn't terrible and I felt reasonably happy, but the more I pushed this afternoon the worse the problems became. I was struggling to hold a line. If I was going slow I could hold the line, but trying telling a racer you've got to go slow. It is disappointing to have my second home race and not be where I want to be again. On the qualifiers the grip was brilliant, but with the extra grip the more the chatter increased. We've got to see what happens tomorrow with the forecasts being pretty grim. Hopefully we can race tomorrow whether it is wet or dry. We want to race for the fans who have travelled hundreds of miles to come and see us."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Colin Edwards , James Toseland