MotoGP riders reactions after qualifying
Sete Gibernau - 1st, 1'42.337
"We've done a good job today, especially in the morning – the pace was very good. But we can't get carried away at this stage because the race will be very tough tomorrow if the temperatures stay like they were during qualifying today. We haven't tested too much in warm conditions and with a few extra degrees on the track this afternoon the grip levels were much lower and the performance of the bike was very different. We have to take a good look at the data and prepare ourselves as well as possible for the race."
Marco Melandri - 2nd, 1'42.390
"Today was a very positive day. Yesterday we found the right path to work along and we continued to make improvements today. The track conditions changed a lot from the morning to the afternoon and the heat made the bike slide around quite a lot. Michelin helped us to find more grip on the qualifying tyre and we also set a good time on race tyres. I made a small mistake in turn one on my fast lap but I'm very happy with this second place."
Valentino Rossi - 3rd, 1'42.723
"Tomorrow will be tough for the riders in these conditions and for sure 25 laps will make it a long, long race. For the tyres it will be very hard work because this track is so demanding on both the front and the rear, although the conditions were better today than yesterday. We did a lot of work this afternoon to fix all the problems and in the end I am happy because we did a good job. I lost ten minutes in the middle of the session testing a tyre that didn't work, so we have to work very hard with Michelin because the tyres are so important for this race. At the end I didn't have time to use my last qualifying tyre and I didn't ride 100% on my fast lap so I'm happy to be on the front row and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. The guys on the front row will be favourites, but there will be lots of other fast riders out there."
Max Biaggi - 4th, 1'42.756
"It's been a very important testing day. We've been working to choose the bike for the race and we used all the time we had. For a few thousandths we missed the first row, but it's ok anyway. The important thing now is to make a good start. The Team is working always better day by day. The worst is gone."