MotoGP quotes of the day
Valentino Rossi ( 1st, 1'41.613)
We haven't fixed everything just yet but the Yamaha engineers came up with a few ideas to solve the vibrations we suffered during the test and they all worked. This is the perfect way to start the season and I am really happy with the way the team have worked. Tomorrow we have to keep working hard to come up with some more solutions and I am sure we will be in good shape for the race.
Loris Capirossi (2nd, 1'41.625)
This afternoon was the first real practice session, although the track was still damp in places, so I couldn't use my usual lines everywhere. The damp bothered me more than I expected. Furthermore, no rubber has been laid down, which means the track conditions are very different from the tests we did here two weeks ago. But overall I'm very, very happy with today. I'm only 12 hundredths behind the fastest guy which is nothing, and we were fast in the wet, so we are ready whatever the weather.
Dani Pedrosa (3rd, 1'41.798):
It was a real shame about the weather this morning, which meant we couldn't do what we wanted. This afternoon we managed to put in some good work though, and to be honest I didn't expect to be so high up the timesheets at this stage. There's obviously lots of pressure on me from the fans and the media, but I'm just concentrating on doing my job.
Sete Gibernau , equal third fastest, 1m 41.798s
Today was okay, no one could do any real work this morning, so this afternoon was like our first practice session. Even then conditions weren't perfect, it seemed like there were still a few damp patches out there, so we're not going quite as fast as we were at the tests.
Shinya Nakano:( 5th - 1'41.939)
This morning was a bit of a wash out. I waited right to the end before going out to bed in a new engine, but the track was just too slippery for the cut slick I'd opted for in the rear of the bike. This afternoon the conditions were better, but parts of the track were still very slippery right to the end of the session. We tested a new rear tyre from Bridgestone right at the end, with positive results, but we'll need to confirm the results tomorrow when conditions are due to improve.