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First day reactions from Estoril

First day reactions from Estoril

After the first day of proceedings at the Grande Premio de Portugal the key protagonists give their reactions to Friday's action.

After the first day of proceedings at the Grande Premio de Portugal the key protagonists give their reactions to Friday's action.

Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro (1st)
"We're reasonably happy with the way today went, we struggled a little bit this morning and also a little bit in the last part of this afternoon's session but apart fro that we're very happy with the settings we've got for this track, which is one of the most difficult circuits of the year with a lot bumps and some very technical corners. We've nearly done race distance on the tyres, so everything is thing going very well, we just need to try and improve the traction for tomorrow."

Makoto Tamada Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 (2nd)
"Dunlop have brought us some new tyres and chose some that were good for today. So I was able to choose what I wanted and we found some tyres with decent grip. This morning I put in a lot of laps and the tyres maintained their grip in the afternoon. I wanted to get the best time of the day but I missed out on the first section. I still think it was a good performance."

Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha (3rd)
"Today I am quite happy because we've made some improvements to the new engine and it's going well for us, plus the new tyres that we found at the last test are also working quite well. We have a few small problems to fix, but I was able to ride a lot better today; I was quite fast from the start and we did some good work to find the right setting. Also this afternoon Tamada used a qualifying tyre so in reality we were second fastest on race tyres and quite close to Stoner; this is a good result."

Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda (4th)
"I'm reasonably happy with how today has gone. The track was a little dirty this morning and so we took some time to work up to full pace. In the afternoon the condition of the surface improved quite a lot and this helped us to take nearly a second off the morning's fastest lap. In the morning we had some trouble finding a tyre that worked very well but this afternoon we quickly found something that gave us more speed."

Randy de Puniet Kawasaki (5th)
"I've been happy with the bike since this morning, when we immediately found a good setting. In the first session, I did 24 laps with the same rear tyre and my times were very good. I tried a harder compound but was sliding a bit so I went back to the first one. I didn't realise my rib was broken until I got it checked out last week and, this morning, it was a bit painful to move on the bike; I was much more confident this afternoon after it had subsided a bit."

John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki) (6th)
"Going into this morning was all about working our way through our tyre allocation with Bridgestone and getting the best results for the cooler conditions. We changed some gearbox and suspension settings because the set-up for this track is not as easy as it has been at some of the circuits recently. But we've got our heads down and Stuart (Shenton) and the crew have done a good job in finding what we need."


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