MotoGP riders reactions after free practice
Alex Barros – Camel Honda – 1st, 1'23.808
Sete Gibernau – Movistar Honda – 2nd, 1'23.915
"I'm a little disappointed about the two crashes but not too much because I am still very happy with the job we have done. This morning the team gave me a bike that was very competitive and the first crash was probably caused by a little too much enthusiasm from myself over the first few laps. The second one is more difficult to explain because I wasn't pushing at all. Anyway I'm fine, I didn't hurt myself at all and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."
"It's pretty hot out there and it's tough on the rider, the bike and the tyres. With such high temperatures, there's little grip and many crashes. Anyway, I feel pretty good, much better than at any other track this year. This circuit is formed by two very different portions and you need to find the right compromise. We've been progressing all day and we've been thinking a lot about our set-up work. I'm sure we'll get a good result, so we can enjoy the summer break with the knowledge that we came back to the place we belong to."
Nicky Hayden – Repsol Honda – 3rd, 1'23.995
"Quite a solid day really. At the beginning it wasn't really coming and I was trying to be real smooth and steady but the lap time just wasn't there. I tried a little bit more aggressively and things started to look better. This track is tight, twisty and bumpy and you have to attack. There are a few spots where you have to let the track come to you and the times fall. The first section is the worst section for me for sure. I just need some time to figure out what's going on there and there are a few corners where it's all getting a bit too sideways."
Carlos Checa – Ducati Marlboro – 4th, 1'24.054
"I am very happy with all our work today, we tested the bike set-up in a lot of different way to make me feel more comfortable. Of course we have to keep working because maybe it will rain tomorrow. If it is wet then we should not be too bad. Certainly in the dry the Ducati is working quite well here, as are our tyres, so the combination is good compared to our rivals. I feel more comfortable in the slower areas, but set-up is always a compromise here."
Shinya Nakano – Kawasaki Racing Team – 5th, 1'24.113
"I'm feeling much better on the bike than I was at Donington just a few days ago. I can do fast, consistent times with improved throttle connection from the latest engine tune on the Ninja ZX-RR. Combined with the grip levels of the new Bridgestone tyres, I was able to concentrate on my riding today, and not worry so much about the bike or tyres. I think we can improve more, both with the engine settings and the front end feeling."
Valentino Rossi – Gauloises Yamaha – 13th, 1'24.508
"It was a very difficult day. It started from the morning when I fell off the bike and after that we worked a lot to try and improve the feeling, but at the end of the day it wasn't any better. We started with the setting from Donington but we had a problem with the front. Also it is really hard to find the right tyre because there is so much time spent on the left side and it gets so hot, which means you slide a lot. I can't ride the bike at 100% and Colin has some problems too. I am a little bit worried because I am in thirteenth place, but I am sure that tomorrow we can work really hard and find a good way forward. This really is a bad track for me – I don't like it. It is different to the other tracks and we need to work hard to get the right set-up."