Riders' reactions after qualifying
Loris Capirossi, Ducati Marlboro - 1st, 1'56.917
"Three in a row - it's incredible, I'm so happy! Once again we've worked well since we got here. The bike and tyre package is really good now, which helps us to prepare for the race. The team's done a great job and Bridgestone too, especially on the front tyre. It's important to be on pole here because it's so difficult to pass. Race distance is no problem for me in this heat, but for everyone it will be difficult on tyre life. I will try my best and we will see what happens..."
Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda – 2nd, 1'56.994
"Yesterday, we took the wrong direction in the afternoon session and today we're back on pace. This last session allowed us to do a great job in preparation for the race, and even if the race takes place one hour later tomorrow, we have been able to choose the set-up of the bike and the tyres for the race. I was able to maintain a good pace and put in some good laps, and even if we missed the pole by a few thousandths, we are on the front row, that's what really matters. Tomorrow, we'll try to fight for the podium and try to get out of this 'hole' we're in. Once we can do that, we'll be stronger than ever."
Valentino Rossi, Gauloises Yamaha - 3rd, 1'57.360
"We are not at 100% but things are okay and we are on the front row so that is important. The grip is much better than last year and now it seems the track is more normal. In these conditions it is possible to push the bike to the limit, so hopefully it stays like this for tomorrow's race and then it will be a good show for everybody. My bike is also working much better than in recent races, we have found better grip on the front and the rear. We still need to make some small modifications before the race and then we will see how it goes. Now the championship is decided so I am riding without any pressure, but of course I still want to win every race before the end of the season."