Riders reactions after first day of qualifying at Brno
Valentino Rossi - Gauloises Yamaha - 1st, 1'59.278
"Today was a strange day because we all came back from the holidays and it felt like everybody was still in the beach rhythm! The crash this morning was not the perfect way to start. Troy was pushing hard but he suddenly decided to come into the pit and braked in the middle of the corner. I was lucky because my front brake made contact and I went down at 149km/h but I am not hurt. I think we need to modify the pit entry for next season because at the moment it is dangerous; I will talk about it with the Safety Commission. Anyway, my mechanics did a great job to virtually rebuild the whole bike in just three hours and this afternoon I was able to do a lot of tyre tests. In the end we went back to the first tyre and I was able to go fastest. Tomorrow we need to work on the suspension to find more grip but so far I am quite happy."
Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro - 2nd, 1'59.366
"All day we've focused on race set-up, not really worrying about lap times, During my last run I did 11 consecutive laps in the low 59s, so I'm happy but I know we've more work to do. The bike, which is pretty competitive everywhere, works really well here, as usual. Bridgestone have been working hard during the break because they've brought some interesting new tyres here. This morning I started with Sachsenring-spec tyres and I only switched to the new tyres halfway through this afternoon's session. I rode a lot of laps with them and I can say that Bridgestone are definitely working in the right direction. So far we are up with the best and I'm confident, but we must keep working and see what happens over the rest of the weekend."
Sete Gibernau - Movistar Honda - 3rd, 1'59.454
"The holidays were really good but I was looking forward to coming back. I want to end the season with the best possible results and my aim is to have a good boost at Brno. I already felt good in the morning and this afternoon we made careful progress. The rhythm is good and basically tomorrow we just need to adjust a few small things and choose the tyres for the race."
Marco Melandri - Movistar Honda - 4th, 1'59.469
"We've made a good start after the summer break, working from a good base setting and making small steps forward. The track is a little more bumpy compared to last year and we've had to work hard to improve the way the bike handles the track surface with the help of Michelin. I'm happy with this first day of work."