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Edwards switches back to ’09 setting

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.”

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All you cake eating little girls who are so quick to slag Spies will be hiding behind your keyboards after the race and trying to find something else to whine about. Toseland sucked, get over i! And yeah I am a phugging yank you little stains!

Obenz - Unregistered

April 11, 2010 8:00 AM

Guys, you miss the key fact with Ben Spies.....its his race pace on OLD TYRES! Go take a look at his last MotoGP race. Besides the fact he's still adapting to the bike/soft tyres didnt get a clean lap etc, the key to running a very successful race is tyre management / race pace on worn tyres....Obviously you need to have natural speed as well! He's got this.....watched him destroy Maladin's dominance in AMA 3 years in a row and did same to WSB. This guy has raw pace, aggressive over taking skills and ability to learn and adapt the way he rides to suit DURING a race. He'll out race Collin this season I believe and will be the best of the rest with the occasional knock on the top 4 door.

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