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Quotes and reactions from the top riders on the first day of the MotoGP test

Quotes and reactions from the top riders on the first day of the MotoGP test

Quotes and reactions from the top riders on the first day of the MotoGP test

A selection of words and thoughts from the main protagonists after Saturday´s action in Catalunya for the MotoGP test:

Carlos Checa, 7th position after 44 laps:
´I´m not really happy with my performance today,´ said the Spaniard. ´We´ve made quite a few changes but I still can´t get a good feeling. Anyway, I certainly don´t feel that I can go any faster at the moment. I´m having problems with edge-grip on the right-hand corners. It´s my problem and I must fix it myself, that´s it.´

Loris Capirossi, 2nd position, highest speed 325.9kmh/202.5mph:
´I am very happy with what we achieved so far. It is great to be fastest on the straight though top speed is not so important, what I am really happy about is the overall performance of the bike-it is very, very good-and it´s getting better every day. I´m using the new bike for the first time here, so we´re just working at fine-tuning now.´

Max Biaggi,13th position:
´This is the first test where all the riders have been present and this makes it more exciting. It was a shame that we had a few small problems that have bugged us all day and the truth is I am surprised that I have gone so slowly. Throughout the session I have tried to improve the performance of the bike into the corners as I am not completely satisfied. With the team we have tried many solutions and I have been among the riders who completed the most laps today. I hope to be able to solve the problems tomorrow.´

Alex Barros, 1st position:
´My lap time was slightly slower than what I did earlier in the week, but I´m more than happy with the result. Today I was very consistent, even with the track being less predictable in the cooler conditions. The two days testing we have over the others has proven to be a reasonable advantage, so I´m not getting too excited about the times or our position until I see how tomorrow ends up. Even so we´re very happy with the bike; we´ve completed all the major changes like setting up the geometry, and now we only need to fine tune the package.´

Troy Bayliss, 25th position out of 27:
´There are some tracks that are easy first time out, while others take longer to get to grips with. We have been working on a lot of thing here, mainly grip and handling, and I felt like I had run into a bit of a wall this morning. We finally started to make some progress in the afternoon, just as it started raining! Overall I am pretty happy, but after going to so many new tracks it´d be nice to go to a place that I know, somewhere that I know the limit.´

Valentino Rossi, 4th place:
´For only one hour was it possible to push but during that time the bike felt good and I was happy. It feels like last season except stronger. Sure, this time last year we were ahead of the competition and now it is very even. It will be a good close fight for the race wins. Today I wore a helmet with special paint. The ´7´ is for Barry because I loved Barry as a person and a rider and the rainbow colour with peace written on the back is because we don't want war! Simple as that!´

MotoGP, 2003

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