British rider James Toseland suffered more Michelin misery in Brno today as he finished second to last in a rain-soaked qualifying session.
Toseland has needed special dispensation to race in tomorrow’s 22-lap clash after his best time of 2.23.303 in monsoon conditions missed the qualification time by 2.5s.
Fellow Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo was even slower than Toseland but both have been cleared to race.
Toseland though had another nightmare session, which included a crash at the first corner as conditions worsened as the session progressed.
While Bridgestone once again dominated, just as the Japanese factory did in yesterday’s dry conditions, Michelin floundered and aside from Randy de Puniet, the next best Michelin rider was 12th.
Toseland said: “It is has been a very difficult day for me and the Tech 3 Yamaha team, but rest assured I’ll wake up tomorrow and I will be going out rain or shine giving it my maximum effort as I always do. I am not going to throw the towel in no matter how difficult it gets.
"I think it is obvious looking at the lap times where the problems are, but I’m not going to complain about anybody. It is my job to go out there and do the best job on the package I have got right now and that’s what I will do.
"But if not all of the elements of the package come together then it becomes very difficult. And when things like that happen it starts to wear at your confidence, and to ride motorcycles fast you need confidence more than anything. The crash at the first corner there was really nothing I could do.
"I wasn’t trying to make up big chunks of time because it was impossible in those conditions and I went down for no reason and that is disappointing. We’ll see what happens tomorrow but the rain will have made the track dirty again and that could make it difficult for the slick tyres if the race is dry.
"I don’t like starting from the back but if I can get a good start hopefully I can get away with the bunch and have a good race.”