The three front row starters for the premier class race at the Alice Grand Prix de France give their thoughts after another tight qualifying session.
The three front row starters for the premier class race at the Alice Grand Prix de France give their thoughts after another tight qualifying session:
Fiat Yamaha (pole position - 1'33.616)
"Yeah, this old fart has got his butt in gear this weekend! It's been working well all weekend, we played around with a couple of tyres there in the session and had a big off this morning and that was a bit scary, but the ground doesn't hurt as bad as I remember it! I got a little lucky. So far as the qualifying lap goes, I lost a little bit of time in the first sector, I felt like turn one I didn't really get into that well, then I think I kind of held station for the next couple of sectors, and the last sector I came into it and I really missed the last sector on my first qualifier. So the second qualifier I just thought screw it I've got a good lap up there, if I crash I crash the ground doesn't hurt that bad, I just sampled it this morning, so I pushed as hard as I could and it all worked out."
Ducati Marlboro (2nd – 1'33.710)
"I haven't been off the front two rows so far this year, which is a big surprise for me because I'm not normally much of a qualifier. I thought we might have had the pole position there but Colin just pipped me to it at the end. Anyway the bike and the tyres have just been working brilliantly all weekend, we've been slowing improving things so it's looking pretty good for the race tomorrow."
Honda LCR (3rd – 1'33.859)
"Well we are satisfied with the whole weekend, especially with qualifying because the last two races we couldn't get the right feeling we had several limitations. With these problems it was impossible to get good speed, but finally after some changes I was able to go fast today. First tyre and second tyre I was quite good and I improved a little bit with the second and then with the third I slowed down quite a bit, a few riders were in the middle waiting, and then when I tried to push I lost the front and I missed that lap. But, anyway we're at the top and this is the most important thing, to reach the right level in qualifying, so we are satisfied with that and this is some sort of guarantee for tomorrow. To start near the front, which was our main target, and also to fix the problems we had at the last two races."