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MotoGP: The day in quotes

MotoGP: The day in quotes

MotoGP: The day in quotes

Casey Stoner

"I expected it to take a couple of years to be up here on pole position, not in just my second race. But the LCR team have worked perfectly and I have a very strong set-up since first practice and this afternoon it was just a matter of bolting on the qualifying tyres and doing the lap. When I saw the gap closing and the other riders challenging I thought I couldn't keep pole and I would have been happy with a place in the top six. I'm still tired and weak from the flu and all the travel problems so this is a big relief, it's an amazing feeling to be on pole."

Loris Capirossi

"I missed pole by only 38 thousandths of a second. On my final fast lap I tried too hard in last part of the track and the bike slid a couple of times. I lost a few tenths and missed my second pole of 2006. It doesn't matter so much, because last year I was on pole at Qatar but not so competitive in the race. This year we have a very good race tyres. This morning things were a little difficult as the track was dirty and we made some modifications to the set-up, which did not work the way we expected. So we went back to our existing settings on the front of the bike and that allowed me to be fast, on both qualifiers and race rubber. The championship has just started but it is important to be competitive all the time. The track is proving to be less difficult for us than expected and we made a nearly perfect job this weekend. Bridgestone has done a great job in these months! I think we can be an important part of the game tomorrow."

Sete Gibernau

"The race lap times are not too bad so it's a pity to be so close to the second row and not get there. Normally that's as far as you want to be back from pole. We have some work to do in the morning warm up to get more feeling on the front because we are still playing catch-up a little. We need to find two or three tenths to be able to fight for a good race finish and the start will be crucial. Before I have to think about the start I want to make the bike a little bit easier to ride, because now we are pushing the front a bit too much."

Toni Elias

"I am very satisfied. I want to thank my team and the Michelin mechanics for the great job they have done. We worked very well today, but it is going to be a difficult race tomorrow as a lot of riders are going quick and the tyres are sure to disintegrate because of the heat. The most important thing will be to get a good start. This is my first front row start of the season and I hope to continue this kind of form. I also want to thank the Clinica Mobile who have helped me over gastroenteritis and I am looking forward to the race."

Shinya Nakano

"I'm never happy to qualify as far back as ninth, but if I'm honest, it is better than I was expecting today, after the problems we've had here. Since yesterday we've been struggling with chatter from the front and rear of the bike, and although we've managed to make a small improvement through changes to the bike set-up, it's still a major problem. The chatter was less on the qualifier, which allowed me to at least salvage a reasonable starting position this afternoon, but we can't race on a qualifier unfortunately. I'm hoping that we can sit down tonight and come up with a solution to try in warm-up tomorrow, because it's going to be a very difficult race for me otherwise. I guess we will see tomorrow, but I'll be out to collect as many points as I can regardless."

Randy de Puniet

"Thankfully, my hand is much better today. I've been able to steadily improve my lap time on race tyres and I'm sure I could have qualified higher today but for going off the track after running wide to avoid Casey round the back of the circuit. So, while I'm not so pleased to be starting 15th on the grid, I am happy that I'll actually be on the grid tomorrow after the problems that I had with my hand on Thursday. Tomorrow my aim is to finish my first MotoGP race, preferably in the points. If I can do that then it will be a good end to the weekend for me and for the team."


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