Riders' reactions after qualifying
Loris Capirossi, Ducati Marlboro - 1st, 2'01.731
"The team did a great job today, my thanks to all of them. We've had to work harder than we did at Motegi, because the track isn't in such good condition, that's why we're slower than when we tested here last winter. We made many minor adjustments to the suspension today, just looking for more grip. My qualifying run went really well but I also did a lot of laps with race tyres, and I think maybe we're even better with race tyres! It's going to be a long race - this heat makes it tough for the tyres and for the bike."
Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda - 2nd, 2'01.731
"I think my fast lap doesn't really reflect the reality. Our race pace doesn't have winning potential and we'll have to work hard to find it tomorrow. We've got some problems that we didn't detect here in preseason and we can't get the best out of the engine."
John Hopkins, Team Suzuki MotoGP - 3rd, 2'02.017
"I've got to say I'm quite disappointed really because I want that pole position, but at the beginning of the day if I'd have known I'd have been on the front row I'd have been ecstatic! I had a really good lap going but it was my fault that I got held up with two other riders on my last lap - but that's what happens. I'm not going to worry about it – it would've been nice to get the watch for pole but, ah well. We are really concentrating on tomorrow, I think we're looking pretty sweet for the race. We've put in a lot of laps with the race tyres and everything seems to be going pretty well. We're able to run consistent throughout the life of the tyre and right now we are looking to get the best start possible - it's time to work on that podium!"
Shinya Nakano, Kawasaki Racing Team - 4th, 2'02.178
"I'm very happy, because this is a great motivation for the team after our problems at the Japanese Grand Prix last week. For the last five races I have not been able to qualify up front like I did at Assen and Jerez, so I'm very confident after this performance. The new Bridgestone tyres offer improved forward drive grip, which is important in the tighter corners here. And we now have good settings for the new motor, better top speed and more usable power delivery, so I can open the throttle earlier."