Ben Spies will start the Spansih MotoGP at Aragon from the second row of the grid for the seventh time in the last eight races.
Colin Edwards is marking his 100th MotoGP race for Yamaha from 11th position on the grid, missing out on the top ten by just 0.117s.
Ben Spies 5th 1.49.565 – 20 laps
“I’m pretty happy to be on the second row again and I managed to put in some decent laps on the race tyre that bodes well for tomorrow. I can still improve the bike and make it steer better in the longer corners because in the tight and twisty sections we’ve got it working pretty well. I’m in that top six battle where I need to be and I’m satisfied with that because I’m still in that fight for the top three in the championship. The start will be crucial because we’re lacking a little bit of speed on the straight, so I need to get off the line good to try and go with those guys at the front. This track has got a lot of passing opportunities so it should be fun and a pretty good race for the fans to watch. I’m just trying to stay in that top six for the rest of the season but it is good that I’m consistently able to qualify and race with the fastest riders in MotoGP.”
Colin Edwards 11th 1.50.440 – 19 laps
“I started the session on the hard tyre and then switched to the softer compound to try and get my grid position but I had a bit of spinning and couldn’t really get the best out of it. At that point I thought it would be better to try and qualify with the hard tyre because it was a bit more stable and I’d been able to run a better lap time. So for the last run I had a new hard and a new soft tyre to choose from and I went for the hard. All weekend I’d gone faster on the hard tyre but the last one I couldn’t get the same feeling. I came back in with only four minutes to go and put the last soft tyre in knowing I’d only get one lap in. I scrubbed the tyre off as good as I could on the out lap and got my head down but I made a couple of really small mistakes that cost me a couple of places on the grid. Tomorrow is my 100th race for Yamaha and as always I’ll be giving it the best effort I can.”
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