Tornado has a total stormer

Texas Tornado Colin Edwards blew away the opposition as he stormed to pole position yesterday.

Texas Tornado Colin Edwards blew away the opposition as he stormed to pole position yesterday.

The two-time world Superbikes champ will start this afternoon's MotoGP race at Donington from the top spot after putting in a blazing lap around the Derbyshire track, just seconds before the chequered flag.

After Friday's wash-out, the sun came out yesterday morning, leaving the track dry and in a good condition for the hour-long session.

Edwards set his hot lap of 1min 28.531sec with just 49 seconds of the hour remaining, and his time was to go unbeaten despite hard charges from several of his rivals.

"I've said it before, but this bike with qualifiers (tyres) is unbelievable," said Edwards.

"We are able to go out and set quick times, as we saw in France last month.

"Today I just put the qualifier on, turned the brain off a bit - put it on half speed - and we went out there and did it again.

"I truly believe that either wet or dry tomorrow, we will have a good set-up for the race."

Second-quickest was team-mate Valentino Rossi, who bounced back from a tricky start to the weekend.

After a fall during Friday afternoon's rain-drenched free practice session, the five-times world champion crashed again yesterday morning,

But he emerged unscathed and had looked to be the most likely candidate to take pole until Edwards stole the show.

"I had a lot of problems earlier on this weekend, but I believe we have sorted everything out now," he revealed.

"The 800cc machine this year is a lot lighter than the 990 and this means we can get good lines and open the throttle very early on, which means we can be very strong under race conditions.

"I am praying for a dry day for the race because I feel that is where we will be stronger."

Spain's Dani Pedrosa will line up third today, while Repsol Honda team-mate and reigning champion Nicky Hayden heads the second row in fourth spot.

Championship leader Casey Stoner, who had been fastest in the wet, will start from the second row after only managing the fifth-fastest lap.

In the 250cc race, Knaresborough wonderkid Dan Linfoot marked his first race of the season by qualifying in 21st on his Team Sicilia Aprilia.


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