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Quotes from the front row in Estoril

Quotes from the front row in Estoril

Quotes from the front row in Estoril

Loris Capirossi (1st): "I joked with Sete (Gibernau) before the session that I could do 1'38.5 because I was so confident about the changes we had made to the settings in the morning but I didn't expect to go faster," said Capirossi afterwards. "The bike is improving all the time and that is good both for us and for the championship. I think the rhythm for the race will be completely different but in any case I am happy with the settings we have and the times I was able to do on a race tyre."

Max Biaggi (2nd): "It was hard work to make the step-up in set-up - but it was important. The bike now turns a lot better although it´s still not as stable as I´d like on the brakes. I´m feeling positive about tomorrow which will be a fast race, but Capirossi´s Ducati is quick and if he makes a mistake in the turns he can make up for it with his speed on the straight. But I´ll be looking to have a good race tomorrow."

Valentino Rossi (3rd): "Yesterday we had some problems with the rhythm but today it's coming better. We made a little mistake at the end. With five minutes remaining I saw T3 on my board and thought I didn't have enough time to come in for a softer tyre, so I could have gone faster but it is not a major problem."

Sete Gibernau (4th) : "Generally I am happy with the session. From the start I had a good rhythm in the 1'39s and did quite a few laps with the race tyre, but I had a small problem with the bike and decided to take my second machine. The I had a crash which made me lose a little time, but I went back out on the first bike which I wasn't too happy with and was still able to lap in 1‘38, which is not a bad time. I think we have met our objective today – I have found a good tyre for the race, I have a consistent rhythm, I feel good despite my crash and most importantly I start from the front row. Now I will have a chat with the team to discuss why we have had this problem with the bike but I feel calm and am looking forward to the race.

MotoGP, 2003, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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