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Quotes from the front row in Assen

Quotes from the front row in Assen

Quotes from the front row in Assen

Loris Capirossi, pole position:

´We still have some work to do but we have improved, especially from yesterday. The lap time was good this afternoon but the bike is not perfect. I was trying lots of tyres and I think I have the right set-up for tomorrow. I am happy that we are in pole position again but I know that the Ducati can be faster.´

Max Biaggi, 2nd position:

´I think everyone found some speed this afternoon. My bike was stronger on the front end this morning than it was yesterday – we found the right tyre and resolved the chatter problems but I need more bottom power. We changed the gear ratio to get drive out of corner but that is not good for tyre endurance. Anyway, I am happy to be on the front row and also to be the first Honda; this is important to me.´

Valentino Rossi, 3rd position:

´I think it is clear again that the man to beat is going to be Loris. I lost positions from yesterday but I have a good rhythm and setting on the bike. I made a mistake at the end of the session by choosing a rear tyre that was too soft. I was pushing hard but it was spinning everywhere and I could not take the pole. The new bike is not so different from the old model but it is hard to concentrate sometimes because of the noise!´

Carlos Checa, 4th position:

´It is not easy to say that I am confident of winning but we are getting closer to the front guys. This was the best practice of the season so far; we are catching the leaders and making progress all the time. I was 2 seconds faster today than my quickest time last year. I will give my best tomorrow and at least we are in a good position right now to fight for the podium.´

MotoGP, 2003, Gauloises Dutch TT

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