Colin Edwards will start Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix from fifth on the grid, despite being left 'feeling awful' after taking medicine on a near empty stomach.
“The last couple of days, one of the glands in my neck was pretty badly swollen up, so I was given some medicine to help it,” explained the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider. “The doctor told me to make sure I had a full stomach when I took it. But this morning I only had a bowl of cereal and then I took the medicine. And after that I felt awful.
“After practice this morning I was white as a sheet and not feeling great at all. My stomach and head were feeling pretty rough and I just felt way short of my best for the rest of the day. So considering that I'm happy to have qualified fifth,” added the Texan, whose best lap was within half a second of Dani Pedrosa and a front row start.
“I'd say Dani Pedrosa's time was reachable in third but it would have taken a great lap to do that, and I'm not sure I had it in me physically today,” he admitted. “I've been going great all weekend and my team have done a phenomenal job. We put some more weight on the front that has really helped get the bike to turn and that's crucial at this track. I've never had a top six at this track but hopefully I'll change that tomorrow and hopefully I'll be feeling better.”
Team-mate James Toseland faces a huge challenge after qualifying just 14th and almost 1.4sec slower than Edwards.
“Obviously I'm not happy to be down in 14th and being that far back is going to make it a tough race,” confessed the Englishman. “I'm frustrated because we changed the bike for the last soft tyre and I didn't have the rear grip I needed to push for a better time. I had a lot of wheelspin with the final soft tyre so I couldn't really push and I've given myself a hard job for the race.
“We'll try and make the bike more balanced for the race tomorrow because at the moment I don't have enough rear grip. I've qualified outside of the top ten a couple of times before this season and been able to fight my back into the top ten during the race. So I'm hoping to be able to do the same tomorrow."