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Quotes of the day from Qatar

Quotes of the day from Qatar

Quotes of the day from Qatar

Kenny Roberts

"It's been a long time for the team and for me but it feels good to be back at the top. When you've got such a great engine and such great tyres then it comes easy to go fast. To be honest I felt I could have gone faster on my own but Loris Capirossi came out in front of me and it actually held me up a little. I set the time when I was behind him but I know we have the pace. Hopefully we can keep it going for the rest of the weekend because this team have been waiting too long for a top result and they deserve one. The other riders will improve tomorrow so we will have to be on our game again."

Loris Capirossi

"Coming back to Qatar was a big question mark for us after winning at Jerez. I am very satisfied at this stage and special thanks to Bridgestone for their great commitment. The front is OK, and we tested some new rears. On my final out lap I improved my time with a tyre that had already completed a few laps. In the afternoon session we worked on the geometry of the bike to find improvements and tomorrow we will continue in that way. We started the season in the best possible conditions and we want to continue in the same way. The track conditions are much better than in the past and with 15 degrees less air temperature this time, it makes it much kinder on the riders."

Shinya Nakano

"Today I just couldn't find a good rhythm on the bike. We are a little way off on set-up at the moment, not far off, but far enough to cause me some problems on the track. I lost grip at the front and the back during both practices today, which means I wasn't able to push as hard as I would have liked. I think we only need to make small changes to the bike to see a big difference, and once I'm able to push, I'm confident I can improve on my lap time considerably. At this track tyres are critical, and tomorrow we must focus on working our way through the tyre options that Bridgestone have available for us here."

Casey Stoner

"I didn't expect this, the last 48 hours has been the worst of my life -- I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. This morning I had a chocolate and a can of Red Bull in the car with Lucio coming from the airport, and then jumped on the bike. Today we continued the good work of the Jerez test last week, mainly on the front-end but also get more more drive grip at the rear. I ran the same front tyre for the whole of the afternoon session and did my fastest time on lap 19 -- my final lap. I haven't had much sleep for two days and I'm still getting over the flu I had last week – I feel weak and very tired.."

Sete Gibernau

"Tenth position is not so good but we improved a lot after the morning session and the bike is getting much, much better. We know with our settings that we have to work a lot and every hour I think we will see an improvement. We have a long way to go and at present it is difficult to set up, but I am starting to feel much better. Hopefully tomorrow we will improve a lot but we are only about half a second off the pace right now. We knew it was going to be a challenge on the first day and tomorrow will be a long, hard day." Valentino Rossi:

"We're much better than in Jerez. We felt normal on the bike, I'm riding how I like, with the team working to have more grip and go faster. It's definitely going to be a difficult race, because there are fast riders and the times are close."

Dani Pedrosa:

"It's definately less hot than last year, but there is a lot of work hended to adapt to the circuit. It has a fast straight, and then lots of lefts and a right. We have to find the best setting for the track."

Marco Melandri:

"After Jerez I was analysing mistakes. The new Honda is improving as well as the 2005 model. I'm happy because the results are good and we're at the top again."


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