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Riders reactions after qualifying

Riders reactions after qualifying

Riders reactions after qualifying

Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda - 1'22.785 - 1st
"That's not a bad way to celebrate your birthday but tomorrow's when it all counts. If we can put it all together in the race we'll really earn some cake! It feels really good to get pole here. Laguna was cool as it was my first pole and of course it was at home but I'm sure there were people around who said that I only got pole because I knew the place so well. It's good to come here and go fastest against a whole bunch of guys who know this place a whole lot better than I do. The bike feels pretty good for the race. My boys have done a real good job. I'm definitely going to try and stay up front all day. We'll just go for it and see what happens."

Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda - 1'22.889 - 2nd
"We prepared well for the final session, as we had for the three beforehand, but I can't deny a slightly bitter taste in my mouth over the result. We've had a few unexpected problems with the front end that meant I was unable to finish the job off with the qualifying tyre. I would have liked to set pole but we have to have confidence in the good race pace we found today and use the warm up to have a look at what happened in the final few minutes before going out and giving everything in the race."

Alex Barros, Camel Honda - 1'22.932 - 3rd
"I'm quite happy, I feel good at this track and I think I've got quite a good pace in the low 1'24s; and if that is the pace of tomorrow's race, as I believe it will be, I think we can go well. Today's crash during qualifying was a little strange, I lost control of the front for no real reason but besides that I'm completely satisfied with how the bike is behaving and I'm confident for the race."

Valentino Rossi, Gauloises Yamaha - 1'22.973 - 4th
"I'm much happier today - the team have done a great job to get the bike working well here because it is such a peculiar circuit. Yesterday we lost our direction a little bit but today we made a lot of progress. In the morning we were able to sort out the problems we had on the front end and in the afternoon we made a big step forward on the rear, even with the race tyre. I made a mistake in the final corner on my fast lap that probably cost me a tenth but I am still only 0.188 seconds from the pole. Considering where we were yesterday, I am happy with that. Tomorrow will be a very hard race because there are four or five riders who have the pace to run at the front, but we've done a good job today and I think we can be there with them."


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