JORGE LORENZO (1º – Yamaha Factory Racing): “We are very happy with this pole position because it was a strange session. There were a lot of water patches and it was very dangerous. You had to pay a lot of attention, it would have been easy to crash and get injured. Anyway we start in first position so let’s see what happens in the race. Thank you to the team for working hard to keep giving the right set up in changing conditions”.
DANI PEDROSA (2º – Repsol Honda): “It’s been a really good qualifying session. It was very difficult to know how much to push because there were some wet spots and it was easy to make mistakes. Also after so many laps with wet tyres in the free practices, when you put on the slicks it’s like another bike but you have no time to waste to find a good lap time. So I’m quite impressed with the time and very happy to be on the front row. We’ve been riding well here in Jerez at the test and also during all the practice sessions this weekend, both in the dry and wet, but tomorrow we have to be ready for a tough race in any conditions and I want to have a good race here in front of my fans”.
NICKY HAYDEN (3º – Ducati): “To be on the front row is really good for us. The track conditions were quite strange, different compared to what we’ve had the whole weekend. It certainly helped that we tested here in the dry not too long ago, as we had a relatively good base setup. We went out hard right from the gun, because we knew some spots of rain were coming. I moved up a couple times and thought, ‘Okay, let it rain now,’ but then I’d drop back down and think, ‘Oh, don’t start raining yet.’ It got better near the end, but it was still tough because there were a lot of wet patches on the track, which made it easy to make mistakes. In the end, we took advantage of the strange situation and made the front row, so I’m really happy for my team. Now we’ll try to make it happen when it counts tomorrow”.
CAL CRUTCHLOW (4º – Monster Yamaha Tech 3): “That was quite an eventful session to say the least and I’ve got to be happy with fourth position considering I had the crash. I made a silly little mistake because I hit one of the damp patches and crashed out. It was a high-side but I wasn’t even on the throttle. I think I was on the first lap with a new rear tyre and maybe it wasn’t completely up to temperature when I hit the damp patch. I have to say a massive thanks to my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew because they did an awesome job to get the second bike ready. It was set-up for the wet in case it rained and they did a brilliant job to get me back out so quickly. It was disappointing from the point of view that I lost some time on track and without that I’m sure I could have challenged for the front row again. But fourth on the grid is not a bad result at all and I am looking forward to the race tomorrow. I’m confident I can be fighting to be inside the top five again but I hope it is a full wet or dry race and not the mixed conditions we had yesterday”.
CASEY STONER (5º – Repsol Honda): “Qualifying didn’t go so well, conditions have been terrible all weekend, from half dry tracks to fully wet so we haven’t really been able to get any form of set up on the bike. It’s a little bit disappointing, we had hoped to be on the front row but with conditions like this I wasn’t really willing to push. There were a lot of people falling off and the wet patches that were there were incredibly slippery. With this said, there is still half a second that I am accountable for and can’t blame the track, we’re just a little bit off with our settings so we have some work to do tonight. We’re not really sure what to expect until we see the weather tomorrow and this makes things pretty difficult”.
BEN SPIES (6º – Yamaha factory Racing): “It was actually a pretty scary session for everybody, the track started out damp and then got better but there were some damp patches right where you wanted to be. It was the first dry session of the weekend for us so we had to ride hard. We had a setting on the bike we hadn’t tested here but thought on paper it would be better, some things were good and some bad. We mistimed the tyres a little bit just because we saw a black cloud coming in so I think we could have been on the front row. I didn’t want to make a mistake though and throw another bike down the track and make the guys rebuild it! We’re pretty much up there, for how bad the conditions were I’m happy to come out unscathed and on the second row”.
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO (7º – Monster Yamaha Tech 3): “The changing weather conditions have not helped at all this weekend because I need time on the Yamaha to improve my feeling. Although I am very close to the top six I still don’t feel completely comfortable on the bike and that means I am not riding with my normal confidence. I need time and this weekend we haven’t been able to do that many laps in the dry. It is a pity because the conditions we had today is where I am normally very strong but I struggled. Cal has proven again today that the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 package is very competitive, so it is down to me to improve. Hopefully the race tomorrow is dry and we get a completely dry weekend in Estoril to help me make progress and get the best out of the YZR-M1.”
ALVARO BAUTISTA (8º – San Carlo Honda Gresini): “Today was another difficult day. This morning we worked on solving our issues from yesterday but only made slight improvements. Then when we were trying a new setting the bike was vibrating a lot into the first turn and I lost the front and crashed. We were able to use the slick tyre this afternoon even though there were still some damp patches out there with the threat of more rain. After my crash this morning I didn’t want to risk more than necessary so a third row start isn’t bad and if we get a good start we can be fighting for a good result”.
STEFAN BRADL (9º – LCR Honda): “Well…I am a little bit unhappy because we had a very good session but I made a small mistake in the last corner in my last lap. That cost us half a second which means one row: second row I guess. In general it was a tricky qualifying because in the beginning we had a lot of wet patches but every time we went out we improved our lap time as the track conditions was drying up. Actually we are doing well in the dry and in the wet too and I think we could have gone for the second row but it’s okay anyway”.
RANDY DE PUNIET (10º – Power Electronics Aspar Team): “We knew before we came here that there was a chance that we could place ahead of the official bikes. We had some difficult conditions out there and I think that it worked to our advantage. In fact, I could even have improved upon my time had I not run into slower riders on the racing line. I know that I could have done even better without the traffic. I am happy and we are going well in the wet as well as the dry. The aim tomorrow is still to be the best CRT, and if I can overtake some satellite and factory riders along the way, then I will be even happier. The team did a great job today”.
KAREL ABRAHAM (11º – Cardion AB Motoracing): “I can´t be satisfied, because I know that I could be better. Specially in the last lap I was able to reach lap time of 8th rider. This could be realistic result, so I can´t be happy of 11th position. Good news is, that I´m reaching constant lap times. Bike is set well, I had only one problem with vibrating front when the track got dry. Unfortunately we didn´t have enough time to stop in garage and try to change the settings”.
HECTOR BARBERA (12º – Pramac Racing): “To be honest I’m not happy with the result of the day because I think that the fourth row on the grid it’s not my place. Despite that I have worked hard with my crew to gain even more grip on the front tyre with a wet track conditions and feel in my GP12 for tomorrow’s race. I struggled a lot with these tricky track conditions but we still have tomorrow’s warm up to reduce my less confidence to a more comfortable level”.
VALENTINO ROSSI (13º – Ducati): “Qualifying didn’t go well today. The conditions were quite difficult because it was cold and the asphalt was dry, but not completely. Anyway, it was like that for everyone, so that wasn’t the problem. Unfortunately, I’m still having a very hard time riding and entering corners, both on the brakes and off. I’m slow to achieve maximum lean angle and don’t carry the necessary corner speed, so when it’s time to accelerate, I’ve already lost too much ground. We’ve been trying to solve this situation for a while, but we haven’t managed it yet. We have to keep working on the setup because Nicky had a nice session today and really did a good job. Comparing the data, we’ve confirmed that we’re losing all our time on corner entry. Anyway, we went a bit better in the wet, so we’ll see what conditions we have for the race”.
ALEIX ESPARGARO (14º – Power Electronics Aspar Team): “That was a much better day. It was about time that we were able to say that we have made a step forward. I am a little dissatisfied that Randy is far off, because he is a reference point for me, but I feel good about things. We cut the gap in the wet to 4.2 seconds in the wet morning session and the changes made mean that the wet setup makes me happy. No rider would ever turn down a dry race, but I think that in the wet I would have an opportunity to continue improving. My aim is clear: To be the best CRT. However, Randy is very strong in the wet and in the dry, so we will see what happens”.
MICHELE PIRRO (15º – San Carlo Honda Gresini): “It was a shame about the crash because I had to use the second bike, which I didn’t have a great feeling with. Luckily the track conditions had improved but my feeling still wasn’t as good and I almost crashed again. I saved it but hurt my arm and that slowed me down too. It is frustrating because we have had three wet sessions this weekend and not been able to do the work on the bike that we had planned. The guys are working very hard though and that has allowed us to at least take a small step forward”.
MATTIA PASINI (16º – Speed Master): “At the end of the day I’m quite satisfied. This morning on wet track I had a better feeling with the bike, we based our decisions on the data we had previously gathered and therefore we chose to take some steps backward regarding the changes of the setting, which eventually helped us. Generally the conditions were tricky today. In the qualifying practice we chose a strategy that wasn’t particularly favourable for the grid position, as we worked through two long runs, without focusing on a quick lap. In any case we did a good job, now we have to try to improve more because the potential of the ART machine is really high”.
DANILO PETRUCCI (18º – Came Iodaracing): “This practices were very difficult considering that the conditions in these two days are continually changed. In the qualifying the asphalt in some points was still damp and needed to have a very good feeling with the grip of the slick tyres to make the time. I have preferred to not risk too much for the chattering and for not to ruin the job done with the team in these days considering that we have found some good solutions under all conditions”.
Sincereley, Eduard Ballús