Quotes of the day from Turkey
Chris Vermeulen (pole position):
Obviously conditions were very different today. We had a quite a good morning practice and made a few changes to the set-up, the tyres and with the engine management system and it all seemed to work really well. From the start of the qualifying session the bike was working really well and it was comfortable to ride, even when the conditions got pretty bad and grip was hard to find. I did a few laps and then came back in and just watched the weather to see how much rain was about.
Sete Gibernau, 3rd
`I was pushing hard today because it's important to know you can be fast whether it's dry or wet. If you want to race for the championship you have to be competitive no matter what. I think we proved today that we can be up there in the rain as well as the dry´.
Loris Capirossi, 4th
`Fourth isn't bad at all. I found some traffic, so I wasn't as fast as I'm sure I could have been, but the fact that I know I could've been faster makes me feel good. The conditions were strange, this track isn't too grippy in the dry but it's got good grip in the wet, though you have to be careful not to touch the white lines. I hope it will rain for the race because I've not had much time on a dry track and we still need to work on our dry settings. A dry race would be more difficult for me´.
John Hopkins –5th
First off I've got to say congratulations to Chris. That's a job really well done to get the pole position, and it's good for Rizla Suzuki and Bridgestone–awesome! As for ourselves we tried to get a good rhythm from the start and gradually get our pace up. We used the same tyres for the whole session even though I changed from one bike to another to try different settings. We found a set-up that will help us wet or dry, so we are really pleased about that´.
Randy de Puniet: 6th - br>
`Today in the wet conditions I felt really comfortable on the bike. I didn't have so much confidence when we started this morning, but then we switched to a different wet tyre and the bike was transformed. I was able to get on the gas earlier out of the turns without having to worry about losing the rear, and that gives you a lot of confidence´.
Casey Stoner 7th.-
`The track conditions were terrible this afternoon and I struggled for rear-end grip so we still need to improve the set-up for race, especially if it is raining. I couldn't get the rear tyre to hook-up and drive forward and hopefully we can find a set-up that will give me more feedback from the tyres. At one stage I followed Chris Vermeulen and looked good, riding like he was on a 250cc bike´.