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Quotes from the provisional front row

Quotes from the provisional front row

Quotes from the provisional front row

Max Biaggi (1st): "That was a good start to the weekend but I hope to finish it even better. I spent the time working for the race so I am not at 100% yet. I know I can go faster but we are already doing a good job. We had a positive test at this circuit one month ago and that has really helped us today."

Valentino Rossi (2nd): "We did good work here in the tests and everything is fine so far. The Michelins are good at a track like this where grip is so important; they're moving around but I'm happy with traction. We have used the new exhaust on both bikes as we found it had an advantage at the tests."

Loris Capirossi (3rd): "We're on the pace, the times are fast and the bike is good. Last month's tests were so useful – we know exactly what we need to do for the bike here. I used the new fairing throughout today but the weather spoiled this morning's session, so I preferred to spend most of my time riding with the existing chassis which we know so well."

Tohru Ukawa (4th): "That was not too bad, already better than we did last year. We are still finding that we are getting slides from the rear and not enough traction, so we will work on that tomorrow. I think we can get on the race pace and my aim this weekend is to score a podium finish."


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