The three men on the front row of the grid for the MotoGP race at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice give their thoughts after a rain-soaked qualifying session.
The three men on the front row of the grid for the MotoGP race at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice give their thoughts after a rain-soaked qualifying session:
Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro
(pole position, 2'00.359)
"We didn't really know what the session was going to hold, whether it was going to continue raining or dry up. After I did my best lap I came in expecting the track to dry up and I was going to wait until the last ten minutes before going on track again. So I took my helmet off, got ready and two minutes later it just started to pour down so I just crossed my fingers that it would continue!"
Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki
"I don't know what sort of conditions to call that, half wet, half dry and like Casey said it kept drying out. I went out and did the time that got me second and I came in like he did at the same time, ready to put slicks on the bike and two minutes later it just poured down with rain. I was thinking maybe we're second, but the track dried out so quickly. My timing was bit out at the end, I think if I would have gone out 20 seconds earlier I might have got another lap in and it may even have been dryer, so maybe it would have even been a bit faster, but who knows?"
Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha
"They are the worse conditions for a qualifying practice because it started wet, then came in dry, and then rained again in the middle of the practice. But this track, with the wind, got dry really quickly so it's very difficult to understand. I was a bit unlucky because when I put the harder rear tyre on it really started to rain another time and I was eighth so that situation was quite bad. But in the end we went with the full wets and we found a good tyre and I was quite fast."