Riders' reactions after first day
Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda – 1st, 2'03.299
"We started off by basing our work on the information we gathered here in pre-season, which was a big help. We haven't made too many changes and the problems we have had with the front end at other circuits haven't been too bad here. It was a shame that the afternoon session was wet because we weren't able to continue with the set-up of the bike. The wet is no use to anybody so hopefully we can have some dry weather tomorrow to try and prepare for the race."
Kenny Roberts Jr, Team Suzuki MotoGP – 2nd, 2'03.435
"I think today in the wet or dry we were competitive for the first day and we will try to continue it through the weekend. I think we are in a little bit better shape here than we were in Japan, just with the characteristics of the circuit. Over at least three-quarters of the circuit – without the straights – we seem to be able to sneak up on the other guys. I think we are kind of on to something and Bridgestone has made a big step-up in the last couple of races. Wet and dry the tyres seem to be working well but we need more time to get a race tyre for dry conditions – which is what you have got to kind of expect – but who knows!"
Loris Capirossi, Ducati Marlboro – 3rd, 2'03.477
"Not such a bad day for us. So far our package is okay but I think we'll have to work harder than we did at Motegi, where we had a definite tyre advantage. As ever, Bridgestone are working very hard, they've brought four new rears here. I've tested two so far, and I'm hoping for dry weather tomorrow so I can test the other two."