Reactions of the MotoGP riders after qualifying
Valentino Rossi – 1st – 1'58.936
"I am very happy because it is great to ride at this track on a qualifying tyre - the emotion is incredible. The bikes are so fast and this track also, even with the modifications it is still one of the best in the world. I was lucky because I was able to use both of my qualifying tires at 100%. With the first one I set a 1'59.4, which was a great lap, but I looked at it and thought maybe I could go a little faster. I had to wait a while because there were a lot of riders waiting for me on the last lap and I left it until the last moment, because it's better to have no one in front of you here when you are trying to set a fast lap. The last lap of 1'58 was fantastic. I'm happy to start from pole position because tomorrow for sure will be a hard race. We'll wait to see what the weather does but if the temperatures are like today it will be very tough for the riders and the tires."
Sete Gibernau - 2nd - 1'59"247
"Things were back to normal today. Juan, my chief mechanic, had a physical problem yesterday but, thank God, the situation was stabilized and today we noticed his presence. Yesterday we were working a little bit in the dark because there was no technical leader in the box, although I'd like to thank all the boys for their calmness. I'm really looking forward to this race, I'm sure it will be a body to body fight until the end and I'll be giving 100% all the way."
Marco Melandri - 3rd - 1'59"632
"I'm happy with this position although at the same time I'm a bit annoyed right now that I didn't get the opportunity to make the most of my qualifying tire. Firstly I ran into Max Biaggi, who was going really slowly. I tried for a second time but found him in the middle of the track again and we touched. It's a shame because I was lapping really strongly, but it's good to be on the front row at this track because it's one of my favorites."
Shinya Nakano – 4th – 1'59.760
"From the beginning of the session I had a very good feeling, especially from the new Bridgestone tyre. My team did an excellent job of managing our test programme and my pit stops, and this gave me a chance to go fast. I had very good balance from the ZX-RR today and was able to hold high corner speeds, but it wasn't an easy day in these very humid conditions. Our race package looks okay for tomorrow and I'm looking forward to starting so far up the grid for the first time this season."