The key protagonists at the MotoGP Gran Premio bwin.com de España give their assessments on the weekend's action.
The key protagonists at the MotoGP Gran Premio bwin.com de España give their assessments on the weekend's action:
Fiat Yamaha Team (winner, 45'53.340)
"After the situation at this race last year, this is much, much better! Our first priority today was to get points and I knew that to win I would have to ride at the maximum, but today my Yamaha really flew and I was able to do a great race. It feels like a long time since I last won and this is a great emotion and a very special victory for me, especially in Jerez in front of this great crowd. Qatar was good but to taste victory again is a wonderful feeling. We had some problems on Friday and again yesterday and then after this morning's warm-up we made some more small modifications; I have to thank my team, from Jeremy Burgess to all my mechanics and engineers. They did a fantastic job for me this weekend and they all deserve this win."
"My tyre worked very well today and Michelin have done a good job too in difficult conditions, so thank you to them. I got a great start, didn't make any mistakes and had a good battle with Pedrosa, who we knew would be the danger today. I'm really happy for Colin too and to have both Yamahas on the podium shows that we're in good shape for what's going to be a long season. Now we have two race tracks which might be difficult for us so it's very important to leave here leading the championship."
Repsol Honda Team (2nd, 45'54.586)
"I am very happy to be on the podium for the second race in a row and we've had a good weekend here at Jerez since first practice on Friday. At the beginning of the race the pace became very fast and I was trying really hard not to lose too much ground to Valentino in the early laps. From the middle of the race to the end I was a little bit slower than him so I just tried to keep focussed and not make any mistakes. The bike felt good today and the Michelin tyres too. I feel a little bit sorry for the fans here because I really wanted to win for them because they are very passionate. I think they enjoyed the racing today and this crowd supports everybody, not just the Spanish riders. The result is very good for the team because they have been working hard for me, so a big thanks to them."
Fiat Yamaha Team (3rd, 45'56.041)
"I've got to say an enormous thank you to all my guys because they worked non-stop all weekend and came up with some pretty good solutions to the problems we had. Michelin also had something up their sleeve for us and seemed to know what would work and they were proved right. I got a good start and my best move was getting past Checa so quickly; I knew I had to find some clear air and try to hang onto the back of Valentino and Pedrosa. Towards the end I could see Elias had appeared behind me and I didn't like the idea of him getting spurred on by his home fans and trying to snatch a podium, so I really had to keep hammering away! The last few laps were a little hairy at times as I started to slide but anyway we managed to make it and it feels great to be up here on the podium again."
Honda Gresini (4th, 45'57.691)
"I'm really happy. With respect to the race in Qatar we have grown a lot and together with the team we've done a great job. I didn't get a good start and in the beginning it was hard to get the tyres up to temperature. I just tried to maintain a constant pace and make up as many positions as possible. The pace of the front guys was incredible but when the others started to have problems I was able to maintain my pace and get past Stoner, Checa, Melandri and Hayden. I'm the first Bridgestone rider home so it's a good result. We've worked well together and we still have some room for improvement."
Ducati Marlboro Team (5th, 45'58.333)
"It wouldn't have been too tough if we'd got away with them at the start but we just didn't seem to have it there at the beginning of the race and then I got shuffled back a fair way by a few dodgy pass manoeuvres. Once we'd got our rhythm and finally got past Marco (Melandri) and Carlos (Checa) then we were free to put in some good lap times and push further forward. The bike and the tyres were okay, so without that dodgy passes we would've been fighting for the podium at the end of the race but that's the way it goes, that's the way the race panned out. Now I'm going back to Australia for these next two weeks to train as hard as I can and get myself set for the rest of the season."
Honda LCR (6th, 46'03.340)
"The lower track temperatures today did not give me the same feeling with the rear tyre as I had in practice, but even so it feels good to finish my home race and score some points. I made a good start but I was not decisive enough on the first lap and lost some positions, that cost me valuable time. I enjoyed the fight with Casey and Toni, this was the best part of the race, but when they pushed with five laps to go I didn't have the tyre grip to respond."
Repsol Honda Team (7th, 46'07.486)
"I got a good start and the first few laps were decent – I was pushing really hard though I didn't really have the set-up to run at that pace. It felt good to be up front and see what those boys were doing but I was taking a few chances and I probably used up my tyres too much in the first few laps trying to work my way forward. It's a little frustrating because at the last race in Qatar we got faster as the race went on yet here it was the opposite. Hopefully we can get two good days of testing and really try to make big step before the short break. Thanks to my team and to Michelin because those guys have been working hard and did some stuff to help me."
Honda Gresini (8th, 46'13.309)
"It's a disappointing result at a circuit where I should have done much better. This morning we were really quick in the warm-up and I was confident but unfortunately in the race I suffered with the same problem as in Qatar - to pass people I need to brake in a really aggressive way and that takes too much out of the front tyre. Tomorrow we have a day of tests to try a few different solutions and we'll work particularly on the forks ahead of the race in Turkey, a circuit that holds a lot of good memories for me."
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (9th, 46'18.126)
"I knew it was going to be a tough race having to start from 14th and it's difficult to pass around here. At the beginning there were so many guys going so fast and I got involved in a few tussles with people like Capirossi, Barros and Kenny Jr, and they know a thing or two about racing! I found it quite hard to come through the field but I managed to get past quite a few and on the last lap I had a bit of a battle with Barros to keep ninth. It's an improvement on where we started, to finish in the top 10, but we still have a long way to go. The main thing is that we need to qualify and start better to make sure we finish better."
Konica Minolta Honda (10th, 46'18.295)
"My warm-up crash happened when I tried to carry more speed into the corner and lost the front. I made a good start in the race, but after a crash it's not so easy to push so hard from the beginning, so I lost a few places. When I started to get a better feeling from the bike, I tried to push harder again but we were having some chattering problems from the front. I tried to follow other riders and hung in there and on the final lap overtook Barros for 10th. Towards the end our rhythm wasn't so bad, but now I'm looking for more entry speed in the corner. Overall the engine is good and working consistently but now I just need to find a better feeling from the chassis."
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (19th, 46'56.711)
"I am disappointed to say the least - the worst thing is that we have lost valuable championship points. My race pace and the tyres felt good and I was able to put in a few passes in the beginning. I was in a group that was making a bit of a gap, but then I got held up by Nicky. I wanted to get past him, but I was having a hard time doing it. It looked like I was following him, but that wasn't what I wanted. When I got past him I started to chase down the front three, but the wind then picked up and I got blown sideways by a big gust and the pace I was going, and the lean angle I had, I just lost the front! As I say I'm disappointed, but this is a long season and we won't let this faze us. We'll take the positives from here and come back even stronger in Turkey."