Colin Edwards has an excellent chance of snatching fifth in the MotoGP World Championship from Andrea Dovizioso, after the #5 qualified fifth on the grid for the eighth time this year!
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider claimed the position, as best of the rest behind the four MotoGP 'aliens', despite neck pain, which required anti-inflammatory tablets.
“I seem to be pretty much stuck with that fifth place!” smiled Edwards. “I know I run number five but it doesn't mean I have to qualify in that place every race. But as I've said before, I've got to be pleased to be finishing next best behind those four guys, or should I say aliens.
“They are riding out of this world and to be right behind them means I'm doing the best job I can and that's about as good as I can hope for at the moment.
“I'm not sure if I've got the pace of the four in front of me on race tyres but I wanted to give myself a shot at fifth in the championship and I've done that,” added the Texan, who is just four points behind Dovizioso. “Dovizioso [tenth on grid] is a few places behind me but I just need to focus on doing my own job.
“I'm sure my neck won't be a problem tomorrow. I first hurt it when I crashed in Germany last year and every few months I do something to aggravate it. This time I was in the shower reaching for the shampoo and the way I turned my head it just seized up. It won't stop me from trying to end a brilliant season on a high and giving my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 something to cheer about.”
Team-mate James Toseland is facing difficult final race in MotoGP after managing just 14th in qualifying.
“The conditions were really difficult out there this afternoon. There was a strong wind and it made reading the track conditions really difficult,” said the Englishman. “The lap times were not brilliant this afternoon but that was because there was quite a lot of dust being blown onto the track and it wasn't easy to find grip.
“The session certainly didn't go as planned but I feel I've got a good and consistent set-up for the race tomorrow. Starting from 14th on the grid isn't going to be easy at this track. It is quite tight and twisty and that makes it difficult to overtake. My plan is to make a good start and get into a consistent pace and finish the season on a high note for all my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3.”
Toseland will be replaced by Ben Spies next season - Spies has qualified ninth for his Yamaha MotoGP debut.