Riders reactions' after qualifying
Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda - 1st
"From the first moment we came here I've felt comfortable with the track and the bike has been working well. It is very technical and has a bit of everything; I'm enjoying myself. When you are having fun everything else seems to come much easier and we're in good shape. This morning we ran almost a full race distance and in the afternoon I was able to put in a good qualifying lap so hopefully our progress can be confirmed in the warm-up tomorrow. I'm not obsessed about winning but I am about having a good race!"
Marco Melandri, Movistar Honda - 2nd
"The weekend started well and we have made progress in every session. After dominating the three free practice sessions I'm disappointed not to have got pole but I am calm and I feel good. The bike is working well and Michelin have given me some good tyres which have adapted perfectly to the characteristics of the track. Tomorrow will be a tough race and we'll see what the best tactic is because we have to think about finishing second in the championship."
Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda - 3rd
"Things are slowly coming better. The Movistar boys came out early and really jumped on the pace early and got going fast. Sure it's nice to be on the front row for tomorrow but I've got a few problems with a couple of sections of the track where I'm losing a lot of time so I'm not satisfied by any means with my set-up or my riding. I'm not as clean and smooth as I need to be. We've got one more session to try to get things right. It's one thing to ride at a new track and try and go for a good lap time, it's quite another thing to see what happens in the race for the first time."
Valentino Rossi, Gauloises Yamaha - 4th
"This morning was not good at all, I had some big problems and we were quite worried. Then this afternoon we made some major modifications and the bike began to work much better. In the end the lap time was not so bad and we were able to finish the session on the second row. After this morning's troubles I am quite happy with this fourth place and maybe we can fight at the front tomorrow. We need to use the warm-up well and make a few more small changes to the set-up. I think it's going to be a very hard race tomorrow; Melandri and Gibernau were very fast today and I think tomorrow will be a big, big battle."