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Toseland, Lorenzo talk `non qualification`.

Despite the embarrassment of technically failing to even qualify for Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix, following a disastrous wet qualifying session, Yamaha's MotoGP rookies James Toseland and Jorge Lorenzo resisted the temptation to publically slam tyre supplier Michelin.

Michelin's rubber has once again been unable to compete with that of Bridgestone so far this weekend - the Japanese brand filling nine out of the top ten positions in both the dry and wet sessions around the new resurfaced circuit.

Whilst all the Michelin riders seem to be struggling to find a suitable front tyre, the three Michelin-shod M1s were hit particularly hard in the soaking qualifying session - Colin Edwards, Toseland and Lorenzo being left to prop up the grid in 15th, 16th and 17th places.

Toseland and Lorenzo lapped a shocking 11.6secs and 12.0secs slower than pole sitter Casey Stoner, leaving them outside the 107% qualifying time required to start the race, although they will both be allowed to line-up on Sunday's grid due to the exceptional weather conditions.

Even Edwards lapped 8.4secs from pole, but the Bridgestone-shod M1 of Valentino Rossi qualified in a strong second position, 7.3secs ahead of the Texan.

"It is has been a very difficult day for me and the Tech 3 Yamaha team, but rest assured I'll wake up tomorrow and I will be going out rain or shine giving it my maximum effort as I always do. I am not going to throw the towel in no matter how difficult it gets," insisted Toseland, who suffered a front-end fall during the qualifying hour.

"I think it is obvious looking at the lap times where the problems are, but I'm not going to complain about anybody," he said of Michelin. "It is my job to go out there and do the best job on the package I have got right now and that's what I will do. But if not all of the elements of the package come together then it becomes very difficult.

"We'll see what happens tomorrow but the rain will have made the track dirty again and that could make it difficult for the slick tyres if the race is dry. I don't like starting from the back but if I can get a good start, hopefully I can get away with the bunch and have a good race.”

Lorenzo, who qualified on pole for his first three MotoGP races, found being left in a distant last position tough to accept, but vowed to remain 'professional'.

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Timbo - Unregistered

August 16, 2008 10:51 PM

Juan H, Then I guess you do not watch much motorsport. JT has proven himself on the WSBK stage, and anyone suggesting he has the heart of a pea, obviously is not a motorbike fan. Heart the size of a pineapple i would say mate. All riders on the MotoGP grid have exceedingly large balls, and deserve respect.

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