Reactions from the riders after qualifying
Sete Gibernau - Movistar Honda - 1st, 1'57.504
"We're ready to tackle a race that will be very tough, as it always is here at Brno. The races are very long at this circuit and it is very difficult to escape. They tend to be in a group and there are so many places to overtake so you have to be prepared for constant changes in the order. The race will demand a lot of concentration and every rider from the first to the tenth will count because the lap times are so close. We've got a good pace but the hardest part is still to come. We will have to be ready to fight until the final corner. We've done a good job and now we just need to finish that off by choosing the right tyre with Michelin."
Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda - 2nd, 1'57.551
"That feels real good. I'm so happy for the team. It all feels so much better today than yesterday. We made a few small adjustments; nothing major – but it all helped - feels much more comfortable today and I'm really looking forward to the race. The bike feels really loose around here race. My lap timer quit working halfway through the session and I was really hoping to get into the 57's. My last Michelin tyre felt so good. You just kinda' let it hang out a bit with a qualifier on – no risk – no reward. I'll take that."
Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro - 3rd, 1'57.685
« I'm very happy with the way our bike/tyre package works here. We've been able to find a good set-up, with the engine and tyres working well together. All the while we focused on race set-up, and I was able to be consistently fast every time I made a long run. I was also able to fully exploit the new Bridestone qualifying tyres, which I'm very happy about. Of course, much will depend on tomorrow's conditions, but I'm confident we will be competitive."
Valentino Rossi - Gauloises Yamaha - 4th, 1'57.875
"Today we have done a good job with the set-up of the bike, especially on race tyres, and I am quite happy with the pace. I thought a 1'57.8 would be enough for the front row but Loris Capirossi put in a very fast lap at the end and I am fourth. Gibernau and Hayden are also strong and I think tomorrow will be a very close race because it is so difficult to escape here - it could be like Mugello earlier in the season. I hope so because I won that race! I have great rivals and the men on the front row tomorrow are strong, but I never, never give up until the finish. The championship is definitely not over yet and my only thought now is to try and win the race tomorrow."