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The MotoGP press conference at Istanbul Park

The MotoGP press conference at Istanbul Park

Quotes from the MotoGP riders in the pre-event press conference.

Quotes from the MotoGP riders in the pre-event press conference.

Valentino Rossi

"After two races it is too early to say how things are shaping up; it is now that the championship really starts seeing as we have races nearly every other week. The first two Grand Prix were good for us and victory at Jerez was important.

"Although I don't like the track, I think not winning here comes because we have always come to Turkey under strange conditions. We were at the end of the season in 2005, and were experiencing problems with the M1 in 2006."

Casey Stoner

"It's not my favourite track, despite my good results here. It's a difficult track to set up for, because there are a mixture of fast and slow corners to balance. I think that we should have a good chance here, considering that Ducati and Bridgestone have been so competitive at the first two tracks. People have said about the Ducati power coming into play here, but I'm not seeing many straights."

Chris Vermeulen

"I've been struggling to get good qualifying positions in the first two races but, having said that, at Jerez our laps were extremely competitive. When we look back at preseason, we were fast, but of course everybody is going to catch up with the level of talent in the paddock. I didn't get much dry time here last year to know what kind of tyres to use for qualifying, but it works both ways: if we pick the best ones then we have an advantage the whole weekend!"

Marco Melandri

"It is one of my favourite tracks, and I think that a podium would be a good result here considering the difficult circumstances I find myself in now. There have been some improvements since Jerez, because we fully tested race distances in the post-race test. It will be important to qualify on the front two rows."

Kenny Roberts Jr

"It has been an interesting start for us. We got caught out with some problems that I wasn't expecting. We have two new swingarms which should change things with the grip, because the tyre regulations are throwing a big question mark over things."


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