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Edwards fast in France; Rossi way back

Updated: May 17, 2004, 11:50 AM ET
Reuters

PARIS -- Former superbike world champion Colin Edwards eclipsed the championship front-runners with provisional pole in Friday's first qualifying for Sunday's French MotoGP.

The American was a surprise name at the top of the timesheets, lapping the 4.180 km Bugatti circuit in one minute 33.870 seconds, 0.096 quicker than compatriot and fellow Honda rider Nicky Hayden.

"I'm tired of sitting here telling the guys that this was going to happen so to come out here and do what we did feels great," ...

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