Edwards is on an Assen mission

Published: 02 September 2002

If there’s a fat lady warming up somewhere, someone’s forgotten to tell Colin Edwards to take the plugs from his ears. The Honda rider has scorched to the top of today’s qualifying session ahead of the Dutch WSB at Assen on Sunday, with Troy Bayliss more than a second off the pace.

Despite the cool conditions the riders were finding the twists and turns of the revised Assen Tarmac very physically demanding.

One rider who’s already feeling the strain is Britain’s Jamie Whitham. The World Supersport rider has been receiving pain-killing injections to counter the pain in his knees and arms – a legacy of the huge crash he suffered at Brands Hatch in July. But the Belgarda Yamaha rider has told MCN he’s determined to race on Sunday.

World Superbikes:

1)C Edwards 2:01.996 2)R Xaus 3)N Hodgson 4)F Chili 5)T Bayliss 6)N Haga 7)B Bostrom 8)J Toseland 9)JB Borja 10)G Lavilla 11)L Pedercini 12)B Parkes 13)M Borciani 14)H Izutsu 15)C Walker 16)I Clementi 17)S Martin 18)M Sanchini 19)P Goddard 20)S Foti 21)T Mulot 22)A Antonello 23)J Vidal 24)J Mrkyvka 25)M Heckles 26)H Minnen

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World Supersport:

1)C Vermuelen 2:06.077 2)F Foret 3)I MacPherson 4) Hanson 5)C Cogan 6)S Chambon 7)J Teuchert 8)K Muggeridge 9)K Fujiwara 10)C Kellner 11)J Whitham 12)P Casoli 13)S Charpentier 14)A Corradi 15)R Ulm 16)A Pitt 17)W Daemen 18)K Curtain 19)B Veneman 20)P Bontempi 21)J Ellison 22)G Bussei 23)C Nanelli 24)A Carlacci 25)C Lindholm 26)J McGuinness 27)S Cruciani 28)M Lagrive 29)R Frost 30)L Brian 31)H Van Beek 32)C Cipriani 33)R Penzkofer 34)G Valtulini