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Front runners give views on MotoGP qualifying

Front runners give views on MotoGP qualifying

The front five MotoGP riders on the grid for tomorrow's Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China give their views on Sunday's race after an exciting qualifying session.

The front five MotoGP riders on the grid for tomorrow's Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China give their views on Sunday's race after an exciting qualifying session.

Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha (pole position, 1'58.424)
"That was sincerely an incredibly exciting feeling for me; to ride my M1 right on the limit and make such a perfect lap at 100%. When I saw the time on the television I was quite surprised because I didn't know it was that fast, but I had pushed the bike to the maximum and I knew that it was a good lap. I had great grip from my Michelin qualifying tyre and my Yamaha worked perfectly, so a big thank you to everyone involved. Despite both of us being on the front row, maybe we're not favourites for tomorrow and the race is a very different story."

John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki (2nd, 1'59.315)
"I'm really happy with the way things have gone today. We've put in a lot of work already this weekend, to make sure we get the best set-up for the race tyres. Bridgestone has done a great job and the Suzuki GSV-R is working exceptionally well. We have been consistent throughout all the practices and have been really running hard to make sure everything is right. Now it's time to translate that hard work into the race. It's still a bit up in the air with the weather, but whatever comes we'll be ready, and if it's dry I'm certain we will be running near the front!"

Colin Edwards Fiat Yamaha (3rd, 1'59.406)
"Well done to the team, once again they've done a really good job, worked their tails off and here we are again on the front row alongside Valentino. The qualifying tyres are working really well this year and with the extra grip they give us we can really push hard. As for the race setting, we've changed a few things with the geometry today and it seems to have improved things a fair bit, although we've still got to make a final decision with regards to the race tyre. It's always going to be a little bit of a gamble but hopefully we'll make the right choice."

Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro (4th, 1'59.516)
"We are competitive with our race tyre lap times, they are very good, so once again we are feeling quite confident. Unfortunately we were a bit unlucky in qualifying, I had a little problem with my number one bike, with which I've been doing all the settings, it stopped just before we went to start our qualifying laps and I think it took me maybe ten minutes to get back to the box on a scooter. That was a lot of time out and also we didn't have the same settings on the second bike, so when I tried to do some fast times I just didn't feel as comfortable as I had with my number one bike. Anyway, the second row is quite good enough, with almost the same lap time as the front row. I think it will be a very close race until maybe the last five four laps."

Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda (5th, 1'59.602)
"Well, the weather forecasts were wrong and the rain never came so we were lucky to have two dry sessions in which to work on machine settings and tyres choice. This allowed us to test all the tyre options from Michelin and we've improved the bike set-up here and have a pretty good idea of which tyres we'll use in the race – so let's hope it stays dry tomorrow too. I struggled a little bit on my qualifying runs and braked too deep at the end of the straight on both laps which cost me a better time. However Rossi did a very fast time today and there are several riders with a good pace on race tyres."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, QP

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