The three men who emerged on top after a drenched MotoGP race at the Alice Grand Prix de France at Le Mans reflect on their podium finishes.
The three men who emerged on top after a drenched MotoGP race at the Alice Grand Prix de France at Le Mans reflect on their podium finishes:
Rizla Suzuki (winner – 50'58.713)
"It was difficult right from the start, it was spitting when we were sitting on the grid.
You can see the water sitting on the track and you think how hard do you push when it's dry and you're on slicks. A lot of guys went past me and I started to pass some people back, but I pulled in the pits a lap earlier than most of the guys though it ddn't seem to make much of a difference, they all came out of the pit lane when I was entering turn one so it was quite similar there but it just got wetter and wetter and I couldn't keep full throttle down the start finish straight, the bike was sliding and spinning and shaking. But we brought it home and it's a first win so hopefully the first of many."
Honda Gresini (2nd – 51'11.312)
"It's been an unbelievable race. Last year the first time we changed the bikes (Phillip Island) I won in front of Chris (Vermeulen) and now he's won in front of me so maybe that's ok. It's been pretty difficult because when we started it was raining a little bit, and with the slick tyres it was pretty scary and you saw some riders take corners very fast and then very slow on the next one so it made it a bit strange to race. When it started really raining it was better because we changed the bikes. When I came out I was in front with Chris and John (Hopkins), and John passed me back many times but he was a bit slower than me. When I passed him I was maybe two seconds slower than Chris and I tried to catch him and when I took him it started raining a bit more which made it difficult for me, because I didn't have a double knee slider. So I couldn't put my knee on the floor so I couldn't control the front and I wasn't fast enough to follow him. After I took two or three risks I said ok Chris it's your race."
Ducati Marlboro (3rd – 51'26.060)
"I'm just surprised to stay up today. The first part of the race there was some light rain and there were a lot of people going fast like Marco said, but a couple of corners later they were on the ground so you weren't sure how hard to push. But we managed to get through that part and I got on the wet weather tyres and from there we just tried to take it easy, tried to play it smart and I felt like we did that today. We did everything right. I got past a lot at the beginning of the race and then I went back to eighth or ninth or something, I couldn't really see the pit-board. But at the end of the race I'd managed to pull it back to get a podium place and I managed to bring it home so it was good."