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Mike 'Spike' Edwards hopes of a strong second round of the Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge at Donington Park were dashed when a qualifying crash left him down and out of contention, but the Ohlins @ P&H Motorcycles is aiming to bounce back at Snetterton in July.

Edwards had decided to sit out the free practice session due to the changing conditions but after a determined start to qualifying, a crash wrecked his hopes of improving his position. The damage left him sidelined from the two races and now 'Spike' is hoping to bounce back at Snetterton in July.

Edwards said: "There wasn't a lot to report really from Donington; it seemed like ages since I'd ridden the 848 at Brands Hatch, so I was a bit distraught that it started raining the exact moment we entered the pit lane for free practice on Friday. There was nothing to be learnt in the wet on dry tyres, and not enough  time to get back to our paddock for wets, so I didn't bother getting the bike all dirty just for Ray to spend the evening cleaning!

"We woke to glorious weather on Saturday for qualifying and I did a few laps and banked a reasonable lap that put me on pole and then I came in to let the field settle down. Jon Railton and Dennis Hobbs picked up the pace and pushed me down in to third and it was then time to get serious. I went back out with seven minutes remaining, did a nice steady lap to warm up and then went for the push. I was fastest in the first sector and then it was all over. After riding at Donington for 30 years, I finally have joined the 'Craner Curves Club', the session was red flagged and the bike was destroyed. The motor felt great; good and strong pre-crash, so probably the best plan of action would be to transplant it to a replacement chassis. The next round is Snetterton in July so that gives us a few weeks."