Colin Edwards feels he is capable of challenging for a top six finish in tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix after qualifying in seventh place. The Texan has been in superb form lately, finishing in the top ten in each of the last seven races, and put himself in a good position to continue that run.

Edwards was just a tenth away from fourth position as the Tech 3 squad continued to punch above their weight on the satellite Yamaha, and paid tribute to his mechanics for helping him perform so well.

“I’m really happy with today and it was a shame all our hard work didn’t quite get us on the second row. We knew what the problems were yesterday and we changed the geometry on the front-end to create some stability through the high-speed sections. Once again I got to say a big thanks to my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew because they rolled out an awesome bike for me. They did their job and I had to do mine and thankfully I did. There’s not much between fourth and seventh and to be just over a tenth behind Ben (Spies) on the factory Yamaha proves what a good job we’ve done.”

“I’m now looking forward to the race tomorrow. I’m going to run the soft rear tyre and I’m pretty sure it will be perfect, but I just can’t make the hard rear option work. It feels pretty rigid and I just tense up when I’m on it. I’ve got to be looking at the top six though it is not going to be easy at all when you look at the calibre of those guys in front of me and the bikes they are riding. I just need to make sure I get a good start and try and stay out of trouble in the first couple of corners because there’s been a few incidents there.”