Monster Yamaha Tech 3 make positive start in Jerez Colin Edwards and James Toseland ended the first day of the penultimate MotoGP winter test session in Jerez with the fifth and 11th fastest times respectively. After a delay caused by heavy ...
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 make positive start in Jerez
Colin Edwards and James Toseland ended the first day of the penultimate MotoGP winter test session in Jerez with the fifth and 11th fastest times respectively.
After a delay caused by heavy early morning rain, Edwards and Toseland were able to complete 140 crucial development laps together on their Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machines under sunny skies this afternoon.
Texan Edwards continued his impressive winter testing form by setting the fifth quickest time as three Yamahas finished in the top five. His best time of 1.40.579 was just 0.007s off fourth position as he gained vital data on Bridgestone tyres on the new Jerez track surface.
British rider Toseland had a positive day too, ending 11th on the timesheets. He set a best time of 1.41.122 to finish just 0.073s outside of the top ten, though on his best day yet on the new 2009 YZR-M1, he was consistently running inside the top ten until the closing stages.
Today's session also gave MotoGP fans the first chance to see Toseland and Edwards riding in the new eye-catching Monster Yamaha Tech 3 livery, which was unveiled on the eve of the Jerez test.
Colin Edwards 5th -- 1.40.579
"Today was a good day once the track dried out and I'm happy with my times. I'm not taking any risks so close to the first race, so to be challenging up in the top six is a bonus and I was feeling good out there. I've got to say that Yamaha has done a great job with the new chassis. You can enter the corner so hard and so fast and I don't think I've found the full potential of the Bridgestone front tyre yet. I'm a front-end guy so the combination of the new chassis and the Bridgestone front tyre is really helping me and I'm really confident with the package. It also felt good to be out there today in the new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 livery. I like it and I'm sure the fans will do as well."
James Toseland 11th -- 1.41.122
"I felt much better today and the old confidence was coming back. I was back in the top ten for most of the day and I'm back within a second of the guys running at the front. That's encouraging because I've been much further back than that in the previous tests after the big crash I had in Sepang. It is nice to know that the competitive times are coming back again. I did over 80 laps today as well and that was the time on the bike I needed. The development rear tyre Bridgestone is really good and there's a lot more I can get out of that, so that's another positive from today. It was also good to be out riding the new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 colours. I'm sure we are going to have a good season together and the bike looks unbelievable."
-credit: tech 3