Riders' reactions after qualifying
Valentino Rossi, Gauloises Yamaha - 1'27.897, 1st
"For sure this is a very special pole position because I live here and I am having a lot of fun. I think for tomorrow everybody will wake up and hope for good weather because yesterday we lost a lot of time because of the rain. Today the situation was better, it was a few degrees warmer and when the conditions are like this it is a great pleasure to ride at Donington Park. With the MotoGP bike it is incredible, one of my favourite tracks, and I always go very well here. I am happy because I was able to do a great lap – almost one second faster than last year. The bike is quite good and the feeling is not bad, also with the race configuration. For sure the race will be hard but we will try to fix a few last things in the morning and I hope to do well."
Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda - 1'28.182, 2nd
"Yesterday the rain robbed us of a lot of time but today we were able to enjoy two hours of good weather and we managed to make the most of it to work on the bike. The first step was to seal a place on the front row of the grid and that is what we did. The bike and my feeling have got gradually better and I'm hoping that the result we have been looking for finally arrives at this circuit and that this can be my best Grand Prix of the season."
Marco Melandri, Movistar Honda - 1'28.295, 3rd
"It was important to get back on the front row after the race at Laguna Seca. We have solved the traction problems we had and we worked well with the tyres and suspension, which allowed me to set a good rhythm and a good fast lap, although I made a small mistake on my last lap. This is like a second home race of the season for me and I'm very highly motivated. I hope to get a good start, learn as much as I can from Valentino and Sete during the race and fight for another podium."
Alex Barros, Camel Honda - 1'28.394, 4th
"I'm calm and content because I know we've done some good work this weekend, covering all the areas we had planned to, and taking away any doubts we had about the set-up. This morning and this afternoon too we finished off choosing the rear tyre, and we are ready for the race. I'm a bit sorry for having made a couple of mistakes on both my fast laps which probably lost me a couple of tenths but it's not a big thing, I think I've got a good grid spot anyhow. Tomorrow will be my 250th GP and it would be great if I could celebrate it alongside my team after a good result."
Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda – 1'28.415, 5th
"We made quite a bit of progress today really. The squad has done a real good job in really thinking about things and have come up with some good stuff which makes the bike feel a lot better. From that standpoint I'm happy. My problem is that everyone else has improved quite a bit as well – it's what happens here – and we still have quite a bit to do. We had a little problem at the end of the session and didn't end up using the last qualifier. Overall the bike feels better but we're really going to have to come up with something for tomorrow. We're going to have to be ready to dig deep in the race because my pace is a little off but I have confidence that we'll be able to come up with something by 15.30 tomorrow."
Colin Edwards, Gauloises Yamaha – 1'28.656, 6th
"My race pace this morning was really good – consistently around 1'29.2 and I'm pretty happy with that. This afternoon I did a 1'29.6 on a tyre that had 24 laps on it so we know we're in good shape for the race. I was hoping to push into the 1'27s on a soft tyre but I tested a different construction rear for seven laps at the start of the session and it gave me a little chatter on the front end, which damaged my confidence a little bit. It's my own fault but after that I found it hard to push the front as much as I had done in the morning and didn't quite get the lap time I had hoped for. Anyway, it makes no difference whether I am on the front row or the second row – if you can get a good start you pretty much end up in the same place by the first corner."