Race winner Casey Stoner and his fellow podium finishers reflect on their relative fortunes after the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China.
Race winner Casey Stoner and his fellow podium finishers reflect on their relative fortunes after the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China:
Ducati Marlboro (winner, 44'12.891)
"Yeah well you know we pretty much concentrated on being the way we've been in the other races, me just doing my own thing and my own lap times but it was a really difficult race today. I had a lot of pressure from Valentino in the rear then I made a couple of small mistakes and ran wide and I think we were both pushing pretty hard. Unfortunately Valentino made a mistake and ran a little bit wide which gave me a gap with not so many laps to go and I was just able to hold the advantage and we managed to win the race. The Bridgestone tyres and the Ducati were perfect again today and I have to thank them for this and thank everybody that's helped me through as this is another great day for us."
Fiat Yamaha (2nd, 44'15.927)
"Yes, I have to try, I don't want to just give up and follow Casey into second place. I tried to attack him because my bike brakes quite well and I'm quite strong. So I tried at the end of the straight but I'd gone too far, I had to brake to deep and unfortunately I made a mistake and I ran wide. But anyway I'm happy because we know this track is difficult for us and we go back with 20 points. I had a good battle with John and my rhythm was very good until the end as the Michelin tyres worked better. The championship is long and now we go back to Europe, so I'm just upset about Turkey because without that problem I could be at the top f the championship with Casey. But I have to say thank you to all the guys because we did great work during practice and the bike was great."
Rizla Suzuki (3rd, 44'19.554)
"I feel really good to be up here. Many thanks to everyone, to Bridgestone, Suzuki, my trainer, my family, everyone that has always supported me. The Bridgestones and the bike just worked unbelievably today."