Edwards: Home podium still possible
Colin Edwards has pledged to do everything he can to score a home podium at tomorrow's US Grand Prix despite qualifying seventh.
Edwards, whose only podium at Laguna Seca came at the track's MotoGP return in 2005, managed to set his best time of 1m22.490s -- eight tenths off pole -- in the closing stages, after looking off the pace for most of the session.
"I know it is going to be tough to get a podium tomorrow but I'll be giving it my all for the American fans," said the Tech 3 Yamaha rider. "There are a lot of people here to support me on a big weekend for America and I'm determined to give them a good result.
"To be seventh I'm pretty happy because I didn't feel like I could push as hard as I want or need to. But if I can eliminate a couple of problems in the warm-up I'm confident of a good race."
Edwards was relieved at escaping major injury in a practice crash in the morning, after losing a fingernail as a consequence of a high-side at Turn 10.
"I made a mistake this morning and did a bit of damage to a finger on my right hand, but nothing that is giving me too many problems," he explained.
"It wasn't fun though high-siding at Turn 10 because that's not a slow corner. I was on my head and then my back, so just to take a fingernail off I feel pretty lucky."