Riders' reactions after final qualifying
Loris Capirossi, Ducati Marlboro – 1'46.363, 1st
John Hopkins, Team Suzuki MotoGP – 1'46.861, 2nd
"I am very happy because I'm working really hard. On Friday and this morning we did a lot of consecutive laps and the bike has been quite good, the tyres are working very well also. It's obvious Bridgestone have done a great job for this race in Motegi. I am quite confident for the race itself, but tomorrow is a different day, as the race always is different. But I am ready to do my best."
"I'm really happy with the way we've been able to work all weekend. We've been running really hard and we're looking pretty good on race tyres. Right now the reality of it is that we are going to go out and get the best position we can tomorrow. I'd like to say we are going to go for the podium but right now I think the only thing that is holding us back is a little lack of horsepower, but I know the factory is working really hard to get it. We know that it is coming and I wouldn't have agreed a new two-year deal if I didn't. If I can get through turn one I'm going to have a hell of a race!"
Marco Melandri, Movistar Honda – 1'46.867, 3rd
"We knew from the beginning that Motegi would be the best track for the Bridgestone runners, but we did a good job with the team and Michelin. We didn't think too much about lap times until the qualifying session. I did a good lap, but we can still improve the set-up of the bike for the race. Following Loris will be hard because he has an amazing pace, but it's good to be up at the front on Honda's track."
Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda – 1'47.043, 4th
"The bike has improved again compared to yesterday, and the race tyres we used today gave me much more confidence. On the other hand, the tyres I used on the fastest lap gave me a strange sensation in the final turns, but I can't complain given how today's qualifying session went. The setting of the front part of the bike is ready for tomorrow's race, while during the warm-up we'll concentrate on improving the rear set-up. The race pace I found today is more than satisfying and makes me think we can do well tomorrow."