Riders reactions after qualification session
Nicky Hayden, 1st - 1'22.670
"It's a great feeling after all these years to be first when it counts. The weekend just keeps getting better and better – I just hope it keeps going in that direction because tomorrow is when it really counts. It's great to give all my people something to cheer about. The whole team has done a great job – the bike feels so good. We used some great Michelins and I'm just so happy. I'm not really worried about the race tomorrow – I just want to enjoy it."
Valentino Rossi, 2nd - 1'23.024
"It was very important to make a good lap time today and to be on the front row and second place is very good. The team have worked so hard and there was a big difference in the bike between yesterday and today. This track is very particular compared to any other circuit in the world so the settings have to be very particular too. Now I have begun to understand the track and I was able to do a fast lap, but I think I will discover some more secrets in the warm-up. It's always difficult to win races in MotoGP but this time it's even worse because there are more riders than usual with a chance of victory – Hayden is very fast, also Bayliss and Colin. The Americans have an extra motivation but we all want to win and that is what I am here for. We have a good position on the grid, now we need to improve the setting some more and choose the tyres. We'll see what happens at the end of the race."
Alex Barros, 3rd - 1'23.312
"Things went well today, the grip was much better and we were able to put in some very good work on the set-up. It's just a shame that in the of the qualifying session I found some traffic on the track when I was going for my fastest laps. During my last lap I found Melandri, Hopkins and Roberts, three slower riders in front of me. I am not saying I could have made the pole, Hayden did a brilliant job today and he is the man to beat for tomorrow's race, but I would like to make a 1'22 or something. Anyway, I'm very happy to see Troy so close, it's good for the whole team."
Troy Bayliss, 4th - 1'23.358
"So far it has been a good weekend, we've been close to the top during the whole weekend. We just had a little problem as something went wrong with the rear brake this afternoon, maybe due to this morning's crash, I do not know. Anyway, nothing to do with the manufacturer, just a little problem, it happens. It caused a little bit of stress but afterwards we got going well again. When I made a flat 1'24 with my first soft tyre I said to myself "Well Troy you have to do better with the next one" – so I did, I pushed very hard and 1'23.3 is not so bad. Alex is just in front of me and this is good for the team, but I'm just there and that makes me feel good for the tomorrow race."
Colin Edwards, 5th - 1'23.469
"It took a big effort to set that lap and I'm actually quite lucky to be on the second row because we made a small mistake with the front tyre choice at the end of the session. Anyway, the important thing is that we're on the second row and I've got a decent race pace. Nicky did a few laps in the 1'23 mark today, which looks to be the benchmark, and it will be tough to go with that but I'm confident we can do it. Laguna is a funny track and you never quite know what to expect on race day because a lot of things can happen, so we'll just concentrate on the job at hand and go for it. The support here has been amazing all weekend and I can't imagine what the atmosphere will be like tomorrow. Hopefully we can give them all something to shout about."