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Tech 3 will race at Motegi

"The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team can confirm that unless there is a change in circumstances, they will compete in the Japanese MotoGP race on October 2"
Monster Yamaha Tech 3, which runs Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow, has become the first MotoGP team to announce that it will definitely participate in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Despite a recent report concluding that the radiation risk at Motegi - around 110km from the damaged Fukushima powerplant - is 'negligible', many leading riders are yet to make a final decision on whether they feel it is safe to attend.

A Tech 3 statement released on Saturday at Brno read:

"After carefully considering the findings of a detailed independent report commissioned by Dorna into the possible risk of radiation contamination in the area surrounding the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, Colin Edwards, Cal Crutchlow and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team can confirm that unless there is a change in circumstances, they will compete in the Japanese MotoGP race on October 2."

Meanwhile, Edwards and Crutchlow will start Sunday's Brno race from eighth and eleventh on the grid.

Edwards made good set-up progress on Saturday.

“I'm much happier today with the performance of the bike and I need to say a big thanks to my crew again for their incredible work," he said. "Yesterday I just wasn't comfortable at all and had no feeling with the front or rear of the bike. I told my crew what I was feeling on the track and it is up to them to interpret that and try and improve the bike. And today they did an absolutely awesome job and I had a much better package."

Rookie Crutchlow lost places after a late crash.

“I'm happy on one hand because we made a big change to the bike to help it turn better and it was a really good step. But I'm a little disappointed on the other hand because I made a silly little mistake that probably cost me the chance to get on the third row," he said.

"We were making some good progress with the new front set-up and I was faster in the first two splits than my previous best lap when I just ran in too hot at Turn 10. I should have just ran into the gravel but I tried to make the corner, squeezed the brake a bit harder and down I went."

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Jlo - Unregistered

August 13, 2011 10:36 PM

tricati, wow, your a very angry person. You are also very wrong and im not sure if your post is serious or not or a baiting post. Firstly, you seriously think that the front end feel problem that both CE and CC have been complaining about is not true? Why do you think this? Also, Ben was not on the same bike this year at all, he was on the 2010 bike, not the 2011 bike unless he has a time machine. Excuses you say? Did you actually read the topic or did you instantly rush to click the make a reply box? If you read it, you would see that CC admits he made a mistake and should have run off into the gravel inside of trying to hold the corner. Lastly, despite CC losing time at the end, which of the other riders in front of him do you expect him to beat? Are you going to say the more experienced Aoyama on the honda? Or maybe the ex world champions on the factory ducatis? If you insist on making strange posts, at least try and back it up with some substance instead of making yourself lo

Hemmy - Unregistered

August 13, 2011 6:24 PM

Yes Cal could have got a couple of places higher up the order, but you cant expect much more from the tech 3 guys with the abundance of factory bikes out there. Im obviously not happy that Cal crashed, but im happy to know that it wasnt a front end issue that caused the crash and a mistake on Cals part. As he said, running off would have been better as he's of at least had some more time to get a few spots higher.

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