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Tech 3 will not test at Catalunya.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team has confirmed to that it will not take part in Monday's post-race MotoGP test at Catalunya.

The test will be the first since the season began and one of only two opportunities for track time outside of a grand prix weekend before the end of the season.

All other MotoGP teams are expected to be present.

Colin Edwards battled front end issues on his way to seventh place in Sunday's race, but is now the top satellite rider with sixth in the Riders' World Championship.

“It was a hard race physically because it was so hot out there but I felt I couldn't ride how I want because of the front-end issue again," said Edwards, who had another poor getaway. "I'm struggling to get this year's bike to start. I'm good on the clutch but with the wheelbase shorter on the Yamaha this year I struggle to keep the front-end down as I'm accelerating.

"I felt good this morning in the warm-up when I was third, but as soon as it gets hot and slippy I can't get the bike to turn at all. If I tried to push it would just push the front wide and lose time. I could see Capirossi and Pedrosa in front of me, but the more I push the more mistakes I'd make.

“I can't really be upset with seventh. I'm not happy with it, but it was a bit of damage limitation this weekend. My guys have worked really hard and we're going to sort this out and be back fighting closer to the front in Assen, which is a circuit I love."

While Edwards had dropped back to ninth on lap one, team-mate James Toseland was only 15th. The Englishman went on to finish 13th.

“I'm really disappointed because I went into the race with high expectations after my best qualifying of the year,” said Toseland, who was ninth on the grid. “I made a bad mistake off the line and gave myself a mountain to climb.

“The engine just bogged and I lost a load of time and had no chance of getting it back because everybody is doing similar times ahead of me. I also had a few set-up issues in the race and I'm not happy with that. I didn't have a lot of rear grip and we've got to work on the setting to find some rear grip when the tyre is starting to wear.

“It's frustrating because we've been going in the right direction and it had looked like we might have had a decent weekend. But I'll pick myself up and be ready to give it my all again in Assen.”

Despite the disappointment, Tech 3 remains the leading satellite team, holding fifth in the Teams' World Championship after six of 17 rounds.

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Al - Unregistered

June 14, 2009 9:04 PM

Why do people keep insisting on putting Ben Spies into MotoGP next year. I can see no reason why Yamaha would even want to remove someone from WSBK who could give them any number of titles, they already have the best two riders in MotoGP who can wrap up titles for them there.

Coventry_P - Unregistered

June 14, 2009 6:22 PM

Simoncelli has announced he will arrive in MotoGP next year. He is rumured to either have a Honda ride or a Yamaha ride - both with a satellite team. If you were Tech 3, who would you replace? The older, surlier, entertaining, and results producing Edwards? Or the young and talented one who was promised to be one of the chosen ones who just hasn't been able to adapt to the Yamaha? Feels like a Caparossi or Spies at Suzuki and look at Caparossi this year vs Vermuelen. Old guys rule!

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