Quotes of the day from Shanghai
Valentino Rossi, first
`Today was much better. finally I was able to ride the bike at 100%, like I want to. we found some good things at our test on Monday in Istanbul and we've made some good modifications, and now I am very happy. Today was great fun, I had a good feeling with the bike in the wet, and I am confident that this setting we have can also work well in the dry. Now we see how the weather is tomorrow´.
Loris Capirossi, 2nd
`I'm happy with today's results, it's surprising how many riders are going very fast in these conditions. Tomorrow, I hope the weather will be the same as it will be on Sunday, wet or dry. But there's not much point talking about what the weather will do, we'll just see what happens and make the most of it´.
John Hopkins, 3rd.
`This morning we tried a particular spec of wet tyre and it just wasn't the option to go for, so we put on a different set this afternoon and the Bridgestone's were really good. I stayed out for nearly all the afternoon session – I only came in the once and that was just for a couple of minutes. It was a very positive session, we have a good set-up, some good new tyres and my confidence is also very high at the moment´.
Sete Gibernau, 4th
`We don't really know much about this track in the dry because it rained most of the time here last year. The surface seems grippy enough in the wet, but it doesn't drain too well, so when it rains really hard you get a build up of surface water, then you don't have so much grip´.
Makoto Tamada , 9th
`I am satisfied of my today's performance. It has not been easy to approach this circuit for the first time with such weather conditions. Right from the first free practice session of this morning the feeling with my RC211V has been good. Even if the track was wet, the situation remained the same all day long and this has allowed us to dedicate the necessary time to the bike setting definition´.
Randy de Puniet: 10th
`This afternoon we tried some changes to the chassis and engine set-up to see if we could improve upon the feeling in the wet conditions, but I think we went a little bit in the wrong direction. We switched back to a set-up closer to that of this morning and my feeling was good, so at the end I was able to improve with each lap and I'm happy with what we've achieved´.