Riders reactions after the first day of practice
Colin Edwards – Gauloises Yamaha - 1st, 1'29.690
"The bike has become better and better over the past few weeks so the aim today was to continue along that line. I felt comfortable from the first lap and when I came in and saw the lap times I was doing I decided to put my head down for a couple of laps and see what I was capable of. To break the lap record in first practice obviously gives you a lot of confidence, but the main thing that is giving me confidence right now is the performance of my bike and the way I am working with all of the guys in the team. To be considered as a serious challenger to Valentino you have to make the top three on a very consistent basis so that is what we are trying to do. Obviously I know this track well and I've spent a lot of time working in England in the past so I'm getting an extra push from the fans. The only thing I don't like here is the weather… and the food!"
Valentino Rossi – Gauloises Yamaha - 2nd, 1'29.985
"We lost the practice this afternoon because it was half wet and half dry. It is a shame because that was an important time to work on the set-up of the bike and get the machine to work at this circuit. I was in London last Sunday and the weather was very hot but the temperature has dropped by about 10ºC in the last two days and they are saying it could get worse. It's disappointing because this track is great and it would be good to race here in the dry. The M1 does go well in the wet as well though anyway. To be honest the bike felt a little nervous in these conditions and especially this morning it was difficult to get the tyres up to the right temperature. However, I am satisfied to be second even though we haven't learned much today."
John Hopkins – Suzuki MotoGP - 3rd, 1'30.089
"Basically I've had a pretty decent day. We've been trying to run through some tyres and find what we're going to use as a race tyre. We are still a bit in-between tyres at the moment and I think we need it to be either a little bit hotter or a little bit colder - but we'll see how it goes. We ended up alright on the day and it feels good to be at my ‘home away from home' GP and to get back on track. I really enjoy Donington, I would say it's probably one of my favourites because everything is just really flowing. I enjoy it a lot, so hopefully we can continue progressing and get that top-five finish we've always wanted."
Alex Barros – Camel Honda – 4th, 1'30.118
"We worked well up to the end of the morning practice. The bike was pretty well set-up and we only had to make a few slight modifications for the second session. In the end it was a pretty good set-up because in the afternoon I was the fastest despite the track conditions preventing us from pushing too hard. We will still need to make a few more checks though to see if we really are in a good shape in the dry. We still need to pick out the right rear tyre for the race, if it is dry, but if it were to rain tyre choice isn't a problem."