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Lorenzo and Rossi play down qualifying impediment

Lorenzo and Rossi play down qualifying impediment

Fiat Yamaha´s MotoGP duo were involved in a misfortunate baulking incident during Saturday qualifying, brushed off by the riders.

Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were quick to play down the former´s baulking of the latter on one of his flying qualifying laps at Sachsenring, although Rossi´s grid position was the more pressing matter for the Italian as he could only manage a third row place.

Jorge Lorenzo – Fifth

`We´ve worked very hard this weekend and I am happy to be on the second row, it´s an improvement and with the Michelin qualifying tyres I was able to go quite fast. However with the race tyre we still have problems and it's very frustrating; we don´t have enough grip with the rear and this means I don´t have enough confidence in the bike and I can´t ride fast. More than ever today, I am finding it very hard to understand how I was so fast earlier on in the season and now I am so slow! All we can do is keep working and not stop, in order to try to find the confidence we are lacking. I hope tomorrow that I can make the most of starting on the second row, try to stay with the leading riders and hopefully enjoy my race. I´m sorry really that Valentino was behind me on one of his fast laps, I was slowing down to go into the pits and I wasn´t aware that he was there. In fact I didn´t know anything about it until afterwards but I am very sorry that it happened, especially when he was doing such a good lap´

Valentino Rossi – Seventh

`Today things didn´t go how we hoped with the qualifying tyres! We had four as usual and, with the best one, unfortunately I found Jorge on the last corner. He was slowing down to enter the pits and he didn´t see me, this was just unlucky because I think that lap could have been good enough for the second row. Then with my last tyre my lap looked like it would be good enough for the front row but I had some problems with grip on the last two corners and I lost about half a second, so finally we are on the third row! I know I have passed many riders before here but everyone is so close now that I know it will be very hard and so it´s going to be very important that I get a good start. Luckily after the problems of yesterday and this morning we have found a good setting and a good Bridgestone tyre, and this afternoon we were as fast as Pedrosa so I think if I can manage not to lose too many places in the first few laps, then I can fight for the podium. This is my target for tomorrow.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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