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MotoGP front six comment after Turkey qualifying

MotoGP front six comment after Turkey qualifying

The riders at the front of the MotoGP grid for the Grand Prix of Turkey give their thought on qualifying and their hopes for Sunday's race.

The riders at the front of the MotoGP grid for the Grand Prix of Turkey give their thought on qualifying and their hopes for Sunday's race.

Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha, (pole) 1'52.795
"I'm very happy to have a pole position at this track, which has never been one of my favourites! I've had some bad moments here in the past but this year it feels like a different track for me and I'm having great fun! My M1 is very competitive, a lot more fun to ride here than in the past and the new modifications we have for our engine have made an important difference to our overall performance. The team has done a great job because we had some problems yesterday but they've found some good solutions and now Colin and I are first and second. My tyres are working well and we've found the right front for tomorrow. We need to make a final decision about the rear in the morning. With the qualifying tyre my bike really flew and I was able to do a very good lap; I started my first lap a few minutes earlier than the others and then I knew that I could improve a little bit more with the second qualifying tyre. Anyway all three of us are very close on the front row so I think it's going to be a tight battle tomorrow. Let's hope for good weather and see what happens."

Colin Edwards, Fiat Yamaha, (2nd) 1'52.944
"Well after the problems we had yesterday I've got to say a massive thanks to my team. They looked at the issues, got out their protractors, did their maths and worked their magic like always! The Michelin qualifier really sticks like glue for us this year and I was able to really push it. I thought I was going to run into traffic at one point on my last lap but I just kept my head down and somehow came out the other side in front. It was definitely a mistake-free lap. As for tomorrow, we need to work a little bit on our race pace - two tenths would be good but three would be even better! It's a great result for the team to have us both on the front row again so let's hope to make the most of it with a similar result tomorrow!"

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, (3rd) 1'52.971
"I think everybody had some traffic at the end, at least in my area, because there were a lot of riders, and I was trying to find some free space and at that time Hopkins came, so I tried to do my best, but I was with him so I could've done it a bit better. Anyway, I'm happy to be on the front row, last year I was on the last, so I think it is a good improvement. I hope to have a good start because here the first corner is difficult for everybody and I hope to have a good race. The set-up with the machine is quite good, so we hope to do better than last year."

Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro, (4th) 1'53.375
"We are very confident on race set-up. We are reasonably sure of what set-up and what tyres we're going to use for the race so we didn't have to do too much testing this afternoon and I think we can look forward to a good battle up front. I was in the pits for a while before my qualifying runs just because we had already tested all the tyres we needed to and we know what we're going to use, so there was no real point doing more laps to wear myself out and risk things. The first qualifier didn't go too well, I wasn't very confident with it, I ran wide and didn't do the best effort. The second qualifier would've been a lot better but unfortunately I couldn't get rid of a few riders before the lap, they were tailing me, waiting for me to go. I suppose I slowed down too much trying to get rid of them, the tyres got too cold and when I started the lap the tyres were moving around a lot. As the lap went on I got a bit better and a bit better but it was just my fault for taking it too easy on the out lap."

Loris Capirossi, Ducati Marlboro, (5th) 1'53.559
"This afternoon we made some changes for maybe less rear grip but more front-end stability. As soon as I got out of the pits I was able to lap do 1m 54s, so our race pace is good. We had two qualifiers: a new tyre and a more standard tyre. I tried the new one first and it was good, it's got a lot of potential. I felt so good with that tyre that in one corner in the second split I got third gear earlier than usual, but I was too fast, went onto the kerb and almost crashed. Maybe I lost seven tenths right there. When I got back to the pit I only had one tyre left which isn't one of my favourites but I gave 110 per cent and finally I got fifth. The second row isn't so bad."

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda, (6th) 1'53.613
"That's the best I've qualified this year so it's nice to be starting up near the front. It would be good to get one of the starts that I had at the last race in Jerez and get stuck in, though my race pace hasn't been as fast as I'd like which means it could be a chore tomorrow. We've made some changes to the bike to improve things and a big thanks goes to the team because they've definitely been working hard this weekend, changing a lot of things and working long hours. And the Michelin qualifier worked well today which helped me. We changed the transmission around on the bike to try to increase the top speed but it didn't really help and we're still giving up a lot at the top end. Still, we'll come here tomorrow and try to make a good start and fight with those guys at the front."


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