Colin Edwards complained that his Yamaha YZR-M1 was too nervous on Saturday after qualifying down in 11th for his home Grand Prix.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 man was outqualified by his teammate Cal Crutchlow and explained that he was lacking rear grip, and that the team will have their work cut out to improve the set-up for today's race.
“It just wasn’t happening out there today at all and I’m not really sure why. The last thing I want is to be outside of the top ten on the grid for my home race, but I put in my maximum effort and I was still finding it really hard. I’m not where I am through a lack of trying but I just don’t have the rear grip I need. It is spinning a lot and we made some changes to the bike for this afternoon but it didn’t improve the situation.”
“We know the bike is better than what we had last year but I couldn’t even match my qualifying time from last year. And that is what makes it really strange to understand. The rear is still too nervous and twitching around and it isn’t a lot of fun out there at the moment. The bike as it is set-up right now is not working, so we’ll have a sit down tonight and go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan for the race tomorrow. I can assure the American fans I’ll be going out there and giving it 100 per cent and pushing as hard as I can to get a good result for them because their support has been amazing so far this weekend.”
Edwards will have a 20 minute warm-up session at 5:40pm UK time to try and improve the set-up of his machine ahead of the 32 lap race at 10pm.