A switch to his 2009 Monster Yamaha settings made Colin Edwards 'a hundred times better' on his YZR-M1, helping the Texan claim a close eighth on the grid for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

"I made the bike a hundred times better than yesterday," said Edwards. "I was really worried after last night that I was going to struggle but I pretty much went back to last year's set-up and I'm happy with it. The bike just turned a lot better tonight and I had a lot more feeling from the front tyre on the brakes. Yesterday I was so lost it felt like I was riding somebody else's bike.

"'m confident for the race because I did some good laps on the hard tyre. I'm a bit more consistent than those in front of me on race tyres, so I don't think I'm out of the hunt for fourth place tomorrow at all.

"At the end of the day I was really close to being fourth on the grid. I had a couple of little issues on the soft tyre but Bridgestone have still done a great job and I'm looking forward to the race because of the consistency I've got on the hard race tyres. As always I'll be giving it my all."

Team-mate Ben Spies was less satisfied and will line-up eleventh for his first race as a full time grand prix rider.

"It wasn't a good session really and I never got to use the advantage of the soft tyre," he confirmed. "I didn't get it done and I never really put in a clean lap. But I am happy with the lap time we put in on race tyres. The positive is I did my fastest time on race tyres that had a lot of laps on them.

"The top four guys are obviously a little bit quicker on hard tyres. But the majority of the people that were quicker than me were on soft tyres, so we've just got to try to get a good start. I think the race pace I've got is still good, but I'm going to have a hard time passing people down this long straight.

"I'm right behind Colin on the grid and hopefully jump in behind him and go."