Monster Yamaha's James Toseland reckons that he needs to find a compromise between front and rear grip in order to fight for a top-six finish at the Phillip Island MotoGP round tomorrow.
The former World Superbike Champion made some geometry changes to his YZR-M1 for qualifying, but he lost some front-end feel so put some more weight on the front only to find rear grip had gone away.
"“Once again today we saw just how close the competition is in MotoGP and how small the difference is between having a really strong grid position or being down the order. Another two or three tenths and I would have been in the top six and feeling much better after all the hard work we put in today," said the Yorkshireman.
"But today wasn't easy because I was looking for more rear grip. But changing the setup to give me more rear grip, we sacrificed too much of the front-end feeling. And when you don't have front feeling on the fastest track on th e calendar with some really flat-out sections, you can't ride with the confidence you need.
"We made some changes to bring back my confidence with the front, but that just created wheelspin and a lack of rear grip again in some parts of the track. We just need to find a compromise but I'm not a million miles away.
"I'm confident with a good start that battling for a top six is certainly within reach. I've still got plenty to fight for in these last three races."
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