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Qualifying falls for Simoncelli and Edwards

"I haven't made a mistake as bad as that in a long time" - Colin Edwards.
Saturday's MotoGP qualifying session at Motegi saw crashes for Marco Simoncelli and Colin Edwards.

For Gresini Honda rider Simoncelli it was his second spill of the weekend and the Italian admitted it may have cost him a shot at the front row. Simoncelli will start sixth on the grid.

“I was going quite well up to the crash but unfortunately I made a little mistake in turn five, hit a bump and crashed, which compromised the second half of the session," he said. "I struggled a little for confidence when I went back out and only got to use one soft tyre.

"Without that I could have maybe been fighting for the front row but in any case I am happy because I have good race pace and hopefully tomorrow I can be fighting for the podium.”

While Simoncelli hitting the asphalt is not an unusual occurrence this year, the tumble by Edwards was less expected. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider missed his braking point and fell in the gravel, before returning to qualify just 14th.

"The early crash didn't help the session run smoothly and I haven't made a mistake as bad as that in a long time," said the straight-talking Texan. "I just completely missed my braking marker and that was all because I was pushing too hard to get more out of the bike.

“I had high hopes coming to Japan because last year I got my best grid position and my best result of the Championship at Motegi. But it just hasn't worked out at all so far this weekend and I'm just not quick enough.

"I'm faster than I qualified last year but still nine places further back down the grid, so that shows how much the competition has stepped up this season."



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Don-R

October 01, 2011 3:29 PM

Colin on his crash from the Tech 3 press release: "It is obvious that our bike doesn't turn or accelerate as good as the rest and that means you have to ride on the ragged edge a lot. I'm faster than I qualified last year but still nine places further back down the grid." And that right there tells you pretty much where the Tech 3 bikes are right about now. At this rate he can't be too disappointed to be punted off to a CRT outfit, because Yamaha are giving Herve's squad zero support.

Hemmy - Unregistered

October 01, 2011 9:12 PM

Those words from Colin makes Cals last few race results look even better. At the start of the season, the tech 3 yamaha was THE satalite bike to have, but it appears now its the worse one out there! It would be good to allow satalite riders the chance to have a shot on a full factory version for at least one race during the season. It would be good for us fans to watch and good for them to try and show they could do better if they had better kit. You can only see a riders full potential when they have the best possible kit.



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