Quotes of the day
Shinya Nakano: 2nd -
`I saw from my pit board that I was in fourth place as I started my final qualifying lap, so I pushed as hard as I could to try and reclaim a position on the front row of the grid. I'm not so bothered about missing out on pole; the front row is good enough for tomorrow's race, in which I think it's possible for us to finish top five at least.´
Valentino Rossi: 3rd -
`We still have some work to do in this aspect on the race setting but with the qualifying tyre the grip was there and I was able to go third fastest, even though I ran off the track on my out lap and then my bike did a small wheelie in the last corner on my flying lap´.
Marco Melandri: 7th -
`I set a decent pace but unfortunately I lost a few vital tenths on a qualifying tyre and tomorrow I'll be on the third row. We've still got a few modifications to try in the warm-up. I'm still confident I can fight for the podium because this is a track where you always fight to the end´.
Casey Stoner: 8th -
I think it is going to be a bloody close race up front. Hopefully I can get a good start, although there is not a big run to turn one. I like the Island track but there is not a lot of passing room, you have to be aggressive on the first lap and then be patient as the race unfolds´.