MotoGP riders' reflect on first day at Istanbul
Marco Melandri, Movistar Honda - 1st
"I liked the track straight away, we found the right way to work right from the morning session and I immediately had a good feeling with the bike. It felt really natural to ride here because the bike was responding so well; the team have done a wonderful job. I am so happy – the tyres Michelin have brought here are working really well and the lap times are coming without having to push too hard."
Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda - 2nd
"It's a very different track from what we are used, with lots of hard braking and fast corners, but we did a great job with the team. I want to complete this season as soon as possible, but getting the best possible results."
Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda - 3rd
"The track seems alright. Some of the corners are a little bit slower than I'd hoped they would be, but the grip seems really good and the surface is good. My guys did a great job in getting the set-up pretty accurate first time out. The gear-box ratios were a good choice and to be so close out of the gate was good."
Shinya Nakano, Kawasaki Racing – 4th
"The track is unbelievable, so fast, especially the flat-in-fifth gear turn 11, I'm really enjoying riding here. Even though it was designed on a computer this is a very human track - very good for riders. A big challenge are the blind corner entries over the crests, you have to judge your lines and braking points perfectly. The only downside is that the slow, first gear corners are really too slow and not very interesting for a MotoGP bike."
Valentino Rossi, Gauloises Yamaha – 5th
"The track is not so bad – very similar to China but with more up and down and our problems today are similar to the ones we had there. There are some long, fast corners and also some slow hairpins; it is difficult to find the right setting. The bike is not working as well as we would like and we couldn't be at the top. There is quite a lot of damage to the surface in the hard-braking areas from the Formula 1 cars and there are a lot of bumps. Our problem is mainly with the front end; we need to understand this to be able to ride the bike at the maximum level. Anyway, it is only the first day at a new track so it is not so bad – tomorrow we will try and understand things a lot better."