JORGE LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing): “This morning we couldn’t practice and this afternoon it was wet and then finally drying at the end. In these conditions we are not so good because the middle of the tyre is dropping a lot, after eight or ten laps we don’t have any more grip so we have to slow the pace. We have to work on that for Sunday if the conditions are going to be the same as today. If it rains with a lot of water then that’s one story but if it’s like today we are not the fastest so we need to gain some grip on the rear”.
BEN SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing): “Today was good, we started with a wet track and we had to fiddle round with some tyre pressures for a while. We got that sorted and made some changes to the bike to the point where I was comfortable. The tyres had got quite bad by that point; the times were dropping so we were slower, but still as consistently fast as everyone out there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see what we can do”.
VALENTINO ROSSI (Ducati Team): “We go pretty well in the wet. We’re happy to be second this afternoon because it confirms that the GP12 has the same good feeling in the wet that last year’s bike did, and that’s important. I felt good immediately today. We worked on the setting a bit but because we had already started with a good feeling, I was able to immediately ride at the limit and do some good times. Now we have to wait to see what the weather does tomorrow, and especially on Sunday”.
NICKY HAYDEN (Ducati): “It’s a shame about the weather. This morning it wasn’t really wet and wasn’t really dry. If we had unlimited rain tyres, I probably would have gone out and had a look, but with rain forecast for the whole weekend, I didn’t want to waste any. We did some laps in the afternoon and checked a couple things. It was hard to say if we made any improvements because the track dried out at the end and was almost ready for slicks. The bike felt decent in the wet, especially the geometry and turning, but it lacked some grip on the edge, which is where we’re we’ll focus tomorrow”.
DANI PEDROSA (Repsol Honda): “It has been a strange day due to the weather conditions. In the morning we decided to not go out because the track was not wet enough then we had more or less the same conditions in the afternoon, but it was necessary to do some laps and get some rhythm. The first feeling on the bike was good for me, the bike felt good and I’m riding well but I hope we have better weather tomorrow, full dry or full wet. Anyway, it is important for us to do a good qualifying practice tomorrow and we will need to be clever and quick because the conditions can easily change and in one minute can be the option to make the lap time for the pole and one minute later can be a disaster. So let’s keep focused and try to do a good job”.
CASEY STONER (Repsol Honda): “It’s been a strange day, but at least we managed a few laps to get some sort of feeling in wet conditions. We came back in to try and change the bike to give more rear grip but by the time we went back out it was already starting to dry a little and the conditions were constantly changing and we couldn’t really get a good understanding of the bike. Towards the end we were fast compared to everyone else but it didn’t really matter by then. It’s just been one of those days, not a lot to be taken from it, we know we have some things to improve if it continues to be wet, hopefully we can get some good track time tomorrow morning before qualifying in the afternoon. At the moment my arm feels ok, but it’s difficult to know when the conditions are like this as you’re not stressing it like in the dry”.
CAL CRUTCHLOW (Montser Yamaha Tech 3): “If we get more of the same conditions for the rest of the weekend then we have a lot of work to do. To be honest we struggled a little bit with a lack of rear grip and that is what we are going to have to work on because we could be racing in similar conditions on Sunday. This track dries really fast and with the rain tyres we are having a lot of spinning. Although we’ve got some issues with the rear grip, I am really happy with my position on the timesheets considering the problems and that makes me really confident that if we make the setting better I will be very competitive”.
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3): “It has been a day of pretty much constantly changing weather and track conditions and unfortunately that meant we were not able to try anything on the set-up of the bike. We did not have dry conditions at all and even though it has been raining we didn’t get the chance to ride in full wet conditions. I went out to try the bike because we might have the same conditions for the race on Sunday, so it was important to go out and collect some information. For tomorrow I just hope that we can do some more meaningful work. I don’t care if it is wet or dry but anything is better than mixed conditions so that we can focus on improving the bike”.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (San Carlo Honda Gresini): “It has been a very difficult day because of the mixed weather. This morning the light rainfall did not wet the track enough for us to use the wet tyres properly so we only managed four laps. It was pretty damp this afternoon though so we were able to gather some confidence with this bike in the wet and found a way forward with the set-up, although a couple of little problems slowed my progress. As the track dried it was more and more difficult to work so we’ll have to wait for tomorrow now and see what we get”.
MICHELE PIRRO (San Carlo Honda Gresini): “These are the worst possible conditions for us to try and work on the set-up of our bike. We still have a lot of problems with the electronics and with mixed conditions on the track it makes things even harder. Hopefully we get a bit of luck tomorrow because we need it”.
STEFAN BRADL (LCR Honda): “Nothing special to say today… we had some better Fridays because the weather was very tricky. This morning it started to rain but the surface was not completely wet and not completely dry so we lost the major part of the first session. Then in the afternoon when the track was more wet we had a good pace in the beginning but after we struggled a bit because our tyre was older than the others as I used that in the morning session so we could not push very much. Anyway the general feeling with the bike in the wet is good and in the end we went out with slick tyres because the asphalt started to dry up but I felt it was a bit dangerous”.
HECTOR BARBERA (Pramac Racing): “Today I had a difficult practice session and I can’t be happy for the result. It’s a shame that the morning practice was done on a damp but not drying track, because of numerous riders, included me, did not take to the track to test the bike’s set-up. On the other hand, during the afternoon practice, the track was fully wet and I had few issues in the entrance of the corners, where we seem to be struggling to get the bike to turn. We could have had a much more productive day than we did, but I have had some troubles, in particular with the confidence with my Ducati. Despite that i would be optimistic for tomorrow’s qualifying practice”.
KAREL ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing): “First practice was unusable we really used only the second one. Track was wet at the beginning, but getting dry during the practice. And that is terrible for us. You can ride in these conditions with wet tires in lower classes, but in MotoGP it´s a big problem. MotoGP bike has extreme power and destroys rear tire very fast. We are doing worse lap times on drying track than on wet track. And that´s the today´s problem. Before we set the bike, track started to dry and I wasn´t able to ride faster. When the tire is destroyed, it slips not only at corners but also on straights. We´re looking forward to weather forecast. I´m not excited of rain but it´s not a tragedy. I know that I´m able to do good results on wet track“.
COLIN EDWARDS (NGM Moble Forward Racing): “Today I don’t know if we learned as much as we wanted to. It was the first real session in the rain and this morning was pretty much a waste, not dry enough, not wet enough to really accomplish anything. I’m still learning and the team is learning about what I want in terms of the bike. We know dry stuff and we need to figure out what we need in the wet. I tried to translate as much info as I could for the bike setup and finally got around to something that I was more comfortable with. We still need to work on the squirt off the corner that the bike is missing at the moment. I am reasonably happy and getting more comfortable, I like the rain; I’ve always gone pretty well in the rain. If we have a chance this year to get on the podium or top five its probably going to be in the rain. I was looking forward to riding today in the rain, we still need more time but it’s coming”.
MATTIA PASINI (Speed Master): “This was a particular day. In the morning we basically didn’t do anything, we just got out on the track to verify that everything was in its place. The weather was more stable in the afternoon, the track was wet but more homogeneous. We were fast at the beginning of the practice, even if in the tests we were actually faster. Now we’ll check the data we have and we’ll look into the biggest differences, to get ready for the sessions of tomorrow, in case it was to rain again. Generally speaking I’m satisfied, it’s a shame I crashed out as that made us change our work schedule”.
Sincerely, Eduard Ballús