Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race at Barcelona:
Casey Stoner, unstoppable at the Catalunya Grand Prix
The Repsol Honda Team rider dominated the round from the second lap to the end of the race. His team mate Andrea Dovizioso, fourth less than one second behind podium position
Casey Stoner achieved a new victory at the Catalunya Grand Prix. The Repsol rider was unstoppable in the Circuit and showed a pace none of his rivals was able to match. Leading alone most of the MotoGP race, the Australian got his third win of the season and is now 7 points behind the World Championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo. His team mate at the Repsol Honda Team, Andrea Dovizioso, finished in fourth position only nine tenths away from the podium and climbs to third in the overall classification.
Tough race for Bautista at home Grand Prix
Publish Date: Sunday, June 05, 2011
Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista was left frustrated at the end of today's Catalan Grand Prix after the Spaniard finished his home race in 12th position.
Bautista had looked competitive all weekend and after heavy overnight rain had soaked the track this morning, he continued with his good form in the wet warm-up session to record the seventh quickest time. The rain stayed away and the track dried in time for this afternoon's race and as the 25-lap spectacle got underway Bautista consolidated his ninth place grid start. He held on to that until the 14th lap, but as light rain started to fall in the last part of the circuit he couldn't get the grip he wanted to keep the position and came under pressure from three other riders. Bautista battled all the way to the line but was unable to hold off the attacks and eventually bought his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R home safely in 12th.
Today's overcast skies did nothing to dampen the spirits of an excitable crowd of over 81,000 fans at trackside. They saw Casey Stoner on a Honda race to victory ahead of home favourite and current World Champion and championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Rizla Suzuki and Bautista will not have to wait long to get back in to action as they head across the English Channel for the British round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, to be held at Silverstone next Sunday.
"I am very frustrated with today because nobody really expected this result. All weekend we have been more competitive than we were in the race, and also in the wet this morning we went very well. I don't know what happened in the race, but I just didn't have the same feeling as I did in the practice. I felt like I had less grip from the bike and it was difficult to stop the bike and enter into the corners. I fought for a top-10 position, but when it started to rain in the last part of the track I wasn't able to go very fast through there and lost some time to the other guys around me. We have to continue working and put this behind us, I'm very disappointed with what happened here, because as I said I didn't expect this. We now have some races in a row so it will be good to get in a rhythm and it will help me to recover to my full potential on the bike."
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
"Today's result is disappointing – it's as simple as that - it's especially upsetting for Álvaro who has worked hard to get back to a decent level of fitness. After qualifying ninth and running very strongly in this morning's wet warm-up, we were looking for a much more competitive race, but we didn't produce the grip levels that we did yesterday and it looked like a very tough race. On the positive side it's another finish and physically he is ready to take that next step up – luckily we don't have to wait long now to get to Silverstone and help him move things forward."
Stoner triumphs in tricky conditions at Catalunya
Round 5: Catalunya GP – Race
Catalunya Circuit, Sunday 5 June 2011
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear (asymmetric): Medium, Hard
From second on the grid Casey Stoner took another decisive victory for the Repsol Honda Team today to mark his third of the season, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies in a double podium for the Yamaha Factory Racing team.
The Catalunya GP weekend has been punctuated by rain showers and heavy rain overnight left the circuit soaked for the morning's warm-up session, which was the first time this season that Bridgestone's hard compound wet tyres have been used. The rain has also been a contributing factor in the circuit being generally more slippery this year.
The circuit dried through the day however and the MotoGP race was run in the dry, although rain threatened at the midway point of the race and the white flags came out as drops fell in the last sector of the circuit.
Tyre choices were mixed today and most riders only decided at the last minute because of the changeable nature of the weather and the temperature. All the front-runners used the harder option front slicks, but rear choices were more varied. Stoner used a harder rear to take the win and set the fastest lap, as did Dovizioso in fourth and Cal Crutchlow in seventh, but everyone else used the softer rear, marked by the white line painted around the sidewall.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"Once again Casey and the Repsol Honda Team have demonstrated just how strong they are this year, but I'd also like to congratulate the Factory Yamaha team for their double podium, taking Jorge there for the fourth time this season and Ben there for the first time in factory colours. We were largely at the mercy of the weather all weekend, which is unusual for Catalunya, but judging by its popularity during the race I am pleased that we brought the medium compound rear to this race this year."
Hirohide Hamashima – Assistant to Director, Motorsport Tyre Development Division
"Track conditions this weekend have in general been more slippery, and certainly the heavy overnight rain didn't help track condition for the race today. Actually it made the track condition worse and this led to many riders commenting that they didn't have enough grip. The rain drops mid-race made it very tricky for the riders, especially as areas of the circuit were greasy and others still dry. I am pleased that we saw all our tyre options in use today, and the performance of both rear specs was comparable on different bikes, but this also clearly demonstrates how different bike and rider packages can use our tyres in different ways and the importance of optimising the entire bike, rider and tyre package to achieve good performance, durability and consistency over race distance."
Casey Stoner – Repsol Honda Team – Race Winner
"Everything's been working so well here it's like a dream. The bike and hard compound tyres were working well for us all weekend and we knew we had good race pace. There is a lot of degradation on this track so I tried to hold the pace we had in qualifying and get some consistent laps in whilst the tyres were good. Then the rain came and I didn't know how hard to push. The track hasn't been very grippy all weekend so it was a little nerve wracking because it would have been very easy to come down in those conditions. I'm very happy to bring it home for another win."
Lorenzo and Spies Deliver Double Podium in Catalunya
Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies made it a double celebration today, taking second and third on the podium for the Grand Prix of Catalunya. World Champion Lorenzo grabbed the hole-shot off the line and team mate Spies shut the door neatly on Valentino Rossi to take third as they dropped into the first corner. The end of lap one saw Casey Stoner take the lead at the end of the straight, Lorenzo tucking in behind him and holding until the line for his fourth podium of the season. A white flag to signal some rain on the track caused some concern with 13 laps to go but was not severe enough to cause any rider to pit in and change to wet tyres.
Spies delivered the same consistent race pace in evidence from the beginning of the weekend, secure in third position from the first corner to the chequered flag. The Texan built a lead of around a second from Andrea Dovizioso for the duration of the race to claim his first podium for the Factory Yamaha Team.
The riders head straight to Silverstone now for a back-to-back race, Lorenzo still leading the championship with a seven point advantage over Casey Stoner. Team mate Spies jumps an impressive five places up the standings to seventh with 36 points, eleven points behind fellow American Nicky Hayden in sixth.
Position : 2nd Time: +2.403
"I'm really happy with the result, I gave it the maximum! I overtook Casey on the start but I knew he could overtake me. I tried to stay with him and not to lose his back wheel for as long as possible. At the end it started to rain a little and it was tough to keep concentration in the last sector but we managed it. We are still leading the championship so let's see what happens in Silverstone."
Position : 3rd Time: +4.291
"We just kept pushing and pushing and we were slowly catching up to Jorge, not necessarily to try and catch and pass him but to stay away from Andrea. The bike was great and I felt good on it and just needed a good result. After the first couple of laps I realised we had a shot at a podium so I rode as hard as I could. The tyre was a good choice for us today; we did what we came here to accomplish and that's good enough. Big thanks to the team who worked hard to deliver a great package this weekend, bring on Silverstone!"
"Not a very spectacular race but second and third places are of course very important to us. We closed the gap we feel this weekend even if it was difficult circumstances. We said at the beginning it's important to finish every race on the podium. We need to solve some more issues and make some more steps but we are definitely heading in the right direction. I'm very happy for Jorge that he finished on the podium in front of his home crowd and for Ben for bouncing back from a difficult start to the year with his first podium."
"This weekend started well from Friday and everyday was better. To get both riders on the podium is a great success for the team. We were not so far from the leaders having worked hard and improved the bike a lot. We are optimistic thinking about the Silverstone race as that was also a good race last year for Yamaha."
BEST RESULT OF SEASON FOR CAPIREX IN BARCELONA. DE PUNIET OUT ON THIRD LAP
Following a battle for ninth place that lasted almost the entire race, Loris Capirossi managed to take the position from young Karel Abraham in the final corner. The Italian's experience and desire for redemption help the Pramac Racing Team look forward to the future with optimism. It was Capirossi's best race of the season so far, and not just because of the result, which earned him seven points and advanced him to 16th place in the overall standings.
Meanwhile, Randy De Puniet's misfortune continued. The Frenchman, who had problems with his bike's setup throughout the entire race weekend, was knocked down by Hiroshi Aoyama on the third lap. After visiting the mobile clinic, Randy returned to his garage with a bandage on his right ankle, which might have ligament damage. An MRI in Barcelona on Wednesday should provide more definitive information. Meanwhile, the Pramac Racing Team moves on to Silverstone for the sixth round of the world championship.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Team Technical Director
"Today's race was pretty positive. Of course it was nothing exceptional, but Loris' result gives us hope for the future. We were coming through quite a negative period, as good luck seemed to have forgotten us: many crashes, some sub-par performance—we were a little demoralized. Today we brainstormed some good basics: just to have found a good setting for Loris and the bike is a good start. We have faith for the next round, at Silverstone. We know where to start, and we'll focus our work to further improve the bike's setup."
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team - 9th in race - 15th in MotoGP standings
"Today's result was definitely good. I fought hard, and I don't even know how many passes I made in the race. It's actually hard to find a negative; even the start was quite good. I want to consider Barcelona a starting point for a new direction. Now we shouldn't get lost with bad choices, and we'll work like we did over this weekend. I would like to thank my team for helping me today, because our result is due to their efficiency."
Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team - DNF - 16th in MotoGP standings
"I'm not at all happy with how things went, as I'm going through a difficult period. At Le Mans, I was out after just one lap, and things weren't much different today. I don't know what happened with Aoyama; I saw him coming into me while I was exiting the first corner. It's really a shame because I was very motivated. I had a good feeling with the bike in the early kilometers, and I thought I could do well. I hope that I haven't hurt my ankle. It makes a strange noise when I walk, so I hope the ligaments aren't broken."
ELIAS SCORES POINTS ON HOME SOIL
Montmeló, 5 June: the fifth round of the calendar at the Catalan circuit was run today under changeable weather with rain showers high risk ahead 81.838 warm Iberian fans. The Gran Premi of Catalunya saw Stoner getting his third victory aboard the RCV whilst the local racer Toni Elias had a very tough week end at his home soil.
LCR Honda MotoGP rider qualified 14th yesterday using a 2011 RCV chassis modified to suit his particular riding technique. Although the chassis was a step in the right direction the 28-year-old from Manresa is disappointed about today's result (13th) and aims to make a radical change to his machinery set up at Silverstone circuit next weekend.
Elias – 13th: "It was one of the worst race of my career because we could not even match yesterday's lap time. We probably took the wrong direction as we have lost front grip and rear grip was really poor for the whole race. At the end we scored some points but I feel bad for me, for the team and for my fans. There's something wrong and we need a radical change because we all deserve a better result. We are working hard since the winter test and we will continue this way".
Repsol Honda take important win in Catalunya
Casey Stoner rode to an important victory today in the Grand Prix of Catalunya in front of 81,638 spectators, with team mate Andrea Dovizioso taking fourth position in a race which local hero Dani Pedrosa sadly missed.
The Australian rider controlled the race with determination after passing Lorenzo at the beginning of the second lap, he worked hard to put a gap between him and his rivals and when light rain began to appear with 12 laps remaining he did not lose his rhythm. The marshals showed white flags to indicate the pilots were able to enter the pit lane to change bikes if required, and although the track became slippery in places, none of the riders took this option. At this time, Casey's advantage over Jorge Lorenzo was already 2.2 seconds with Andrea Dovizioso just seven tenths behind Ben Spies in third position.
Stoner secured his third win of the season, which takes him to 91 points - just 7 points astray from Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Dovizioso finished the Catalunya race nine tenths off the podium and is now fourth in the Championship with 61 points after beating Valentino Rossi.
CASEY STONER – 1st – World Championship position: 2nd with 91 points
"We got a reasonably good start but not as good as Jorge. I wanted to try to pass him early on but had to wait until the end of the first lap. From this point I just tried to put in the consistent laps as we did in the practice sessions to see if he could stay with me, fortunately I was able to open up an advantage without pushing too hard or feeling too much pressure. I was really happy, the bike was feeling fantastic and then it started to rain. There was enough rain there to make you think that it will affect the bike, and in the last corner there was enough rain to make the track slippery. As I was always the first to arrive to the wet area of the track, I watched what the others were doing and if they had started to catch me then I would push and if I start to pull an advantage then I would back off a little. I'm just happy I kept the bike upright at this stage and I want to thank all my team at Repsol Honda for all the hard work this weekend. We now head to Silverstone next week where we'll also be looking to fight for victory, I just hope Dani can make a return there also and I wish him a fast recovery".
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – 4th – World Championship position: 3rd with 63 points
"After the warm up session in the wet the conditions during the race were tricky, especially when it started to rain with 12 laps to go. I didn't have a perfect start and this complicated the race. In the first laps with a full tank, I didn't have good stability in the front. With the hard tyres the traction was not so good compared to Lorenzo, Spies and Rossi who were riding with soft tyres. Even if we improved compared to Le Mans in terms of lap times, I'm not happy finishing 4th position, five seconds behind the winner. Today we were fast and I think that with a good start we could have at least fought for the podium. I'm sorry for my team as they worked hard during the whole weekend. Now I look forward to next weekend's race in Silverstone, a circuit that I like and where I hope to get a good result".
POSITIVE WEEEKND FOR SIMONCELLI AT BARCELONA
"Super Sic" had the podium as his goal today from pole position but a solid sixth place in Barcelona proved a positive end to a tough weekend. A poor start and tricky conditions certainly didn't help the Italian to set the lap times he had been reeling off in practice, which would have brought him back in touch with the leaders in the race. However, Marco remains satisfied with a result that sets him back on the right path following a controversial few days in Spain. Hiroshi Aoyama made a big mistake that also brought an end to the race of Randy De Puniet. It was a weekend to forget for the Japanese, who failed to score points for the first time this season.
Marco Simoncelli (6°) "I don't know if I held the clutch too long at the start but it slipped and a lot of riders passed me, costing me a lot of time. After that I was unable to get back into the rhythm I had during practice and I was struggling, even though the pace in general was slower. I had a gap of over a second to the guys in front of me and I got it back down to three tenths to Valentino but after a few laps I was taking too many chances in certain areas where it was a little damp and decided to pull my oars in and bring the bike home. Overall the weekend has been positive because after the pole yesterday sixth place doesn't feel great but I have to think back to how I felt arriving here in Barcelona and be satisfied. I achieved the first of my three objectives from yesterday, which was to finish, so we will try for the other two in the next race."
Hiroshi Aoyama (DNF) "It hasn't been a good weekend for us and today I made a mistake. I crashed and took De Puniet with me but it was completely my fault. I don;'t know what to say other than I want to get to Silverstone and forget about this Grand Prix."
Fausto Gresini "We are trying to look at the positives from the weekend because there have been plenty of fantastic moments. Obviously a sixth place for Marco is not the best but if we sit and think back to the night before the Grand Prix and Marco's mindset when he arrived in Barcelona this is a more than satisfactory result. He scored the first pole for our team since 2005 and provided the perfect answer on the track to all the words that had been said against him off it. We are proud to have Marco with us and we are sure he will give us plenty more to cheer about. I am sorry for Hiroshi because it has been a difficult weekend for him and it ended in the worst way with a crash. He will have the chance to make up for it next week at Silverstone.
Super seventh for Crutchlow, Edwards targets Silverstone return
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow heads to his crucial home race at Silverstone next weekend brimming with confidence after he stormed to a career best MotoGP result in the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya today.
Starting from the second row of the grid, the British rider quickly gained momentum on Bridgetone's hard rear tyre and a series of consistently fast laps saw him easily reel in the factory Ducati of 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden. He eventually passed the American on lap ten and was able to comfortably pull away, despite some nervous moments from the halfway stage as spots of rain started to fall on the Montmelo cir cuit.
Crutchlow was preparing for his first experience of the flag-to-flag format, but the light rain abated and he rode to a brilliant seventh place. The result, which moves Crutchlow into the top ten in the World Championship rankings on 30-points, sets him up perfectly for a strong showing in front of his home crowd at the British Grand Prix next weekend.
Crutchlow will be joined at Silverstone by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Colin Edwards, who will attempt to compete in the sixth round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.
Edwards returned to the Catalunya track this morning having undergone successful surgery to insert a titanium plate and 13 screws in the right collarbone he broke in a heavy crash during Friday's second free practice session. Edwards has already gained closed to full movement in his right shoulder and in a brave attempt to continue his proud record of ne ver missing a race in his MotoGP career, Edwards planned to start the 25-lap clash and retire after two laps.
But after medical checks prior to the race, medical staff declared him unfit to start, though the 37-year-old is confident he will have no problems riding in Silverstone this weekend after a few days of rest.
Cal Crutchlow 7th - 30 points:
"That's my best result in MotoGP and of course I'm happy, but I'd rather have got a result like that in a more entertaining race. It was just a test of concentration for most of the race once I'd passed Nicky and it was quite lonely. I caught him really quickly but once I got by I'd used up my rear tyre trying to chase him down because I struggled for grip after that. When the spots of rain came it was quite difficult. The white flags were being waved like there was a monsoon b ut there was only rain in the last three corners. Part of me was looking forward to having a flag-to-flag race because it might have given me a chance of fighting with the group at the front, but the rain never got worse than a few spots on the visor. I still managed to pull away from Nicky but I finished 26 seconds behind Casey, and that is not too bad considering I'd never seen this place before. If I hadn't backed off a little I'm sure I could have finished about 20 seconds back and that was good enough for the top six last year. Sixth to eighth position is where I'm at the moment but it is a good confidence boost as well to finish as the top non-factory rider. Nobody can ride this package harder than I am at the moment and now I'm looking forward to Silverstone. I'm sure the support is going to be incredible and I'm really looking forward to it."
Colin Edwards DNS:
"I 'm a little bit disappointed with the decision not to let me ride because while it's not a lifelong ambition never to miss a MotoGP race, it was a run I was pretty proud of. I understand the decision but my shoulder feels great. Dr Xavier Mir has done an amazing job on my collarbone because it was smashed, but it was never my intention to do the full race. I just wanted to start, do a couple of laps and pull in. I only considered it because I was here in Barcelona and it seemed pointless breaking the streak. But I'm too big and too old to get upset and I'm going to rest up now and concentrate on getting ready for Silverstone. I know I can race next weekend and I'm already looking forward to it. I can't remember the last time I missed a race and I definitely don't like watching on TV, so I'm desperate to get back working with my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew."
Hervé Poncharal – Team Manager:
"Seventh is a good result for Cal and the best we can hope for. The six in front of him are on all factory machinery and I think even with a better start, it would have been a big ask for him to fight with Simoncelli. But to chase down Nicky on a factory bike, pass him and then pull away quite comfortably, is still a big scalp for Cal. It is easy to forget he is a rookie but seventh is his best result so far and it couldn't have come at a better time with his home race at Silverstone coming next weekend. We are also looking forward to having Colin back in action at Silverstone. I can understand his desire to ride today and at 37 with all he's achieved in his career, his determination and commitment is amazing. But we have to remember he was only operated on yesterday and he respects the decision of the medical staff. He will be stronger at Silverstone and it will be great to see Colin and Cal back on track together doing their best for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team."
Karel Abraham finished tenth despite injury
Although Karel Abraham started in the Grand Prix of Catalunya with a bruised hand and dislocated thumb, he demonstrated impressive performance and finished in tenth place.
"My start wasn't very good," said Karel Abraham who started from the 15th position on the grid. "At least I overtook Aoyama."
On lap 3, when the Cardion AB Motoracing rider tried to overtook Randy de Puniet, he made a mistake and ran off the track.
"I avoid the crash by this maneuver," continued Karel Abraham. While the two other riders crashed out of the race and Karel Abraham returned to the track, three riders made a small gap which the Czech motorcycle rider reduced over the next ten laps. Then he started to fight with them for the ninth place which eventually got Loris Capirossi who defeated Karel Abraham by 0,021 seconds.
"It was a hard battle. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to pass Loris Capirossi on the finish line, but despite that I'm satisfied with this result and another top ten finish," added Karel Abraham, who finished in tenth place, although he started with a bruised hand and dislocated thumb.
"Fortunately, this injury had not effect on my performance," concluded.
LACK OF REAR GRIP HINDERS BARBERÁ'S RACE
MAPFRE Aspar rider tries to ride around problem and takes praiseworthy eleventh place.
From watching the practice sessions for the Catalonia GP, it seemed obvious that Stoner would be the man to beat this Sunday and Lorenzo would not be too far behind. The Mallorcan got the best start to get ahead of the Australian, but his lead was conceded on the second lap. The two escaped from the rest of the field, and the action after that focused on whether or not the race would become wet. Light rain sprayed onto sections of the track, provoking a flurry of activity in pit lane as the second bikes were warmed up. In the end, a change of bikes became unnecessary. Stoner took the win, with Lorenzo second and Ben Spies in third.
Héctor Barberá was back on his Ducati for another race in which he worked hard for improvement, although he did not have quite as much to show for his troubles as at Le Mans last time out. The MAPFRE Aspar rider was hit by a lack of rear grip on his bike throughout the weekend, with race day being no different. A few scares made things interesting but not enjoyable for the Spaniard, who focused on bringing the bike home as high up the order as possible. As in the French round, he kept up a tough fight with Capirossi, Abraham and Bautista which ended with a worthy eleventh place. Barberá is eager to get back on track next weekend at Silverstone, where he will attempt to find a solution to a persistent issue.
11th Héctor Barberá: "It was a hard race, in which we experienced the problems typical of this weekend. The start was more or less ok, but after six laps the bike started to slide and we had a lack of grip on the rear. We have looked at the telemetry, but we still don't understand why this happened. The moment that I opened the throttle, the rear wheel started to step out and I didn't have forward motion. Corner entry wasn't bad on the fast turns, but when I tried to accelerate out it was hard. To be frank, I didn't have much fun riding today. We will try to make some big changes for the next race. We saw Julito's crash just before the MotoGP race started and it is a real pity that he is hurt -especially as it wasn't his fault. I want to send my best wishes to him. I am convinced that he will be back soon, because he is a tough guy."
FIFTH PLACE AND PROGRESS FOR ROSSI IN BARCELONA, HAYDEN EIGHTH
The Catalan Grand Prix saw Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden finish fifth and eighth, respectively, on a day that had mixed conditions. The warm-up session was wet, while the race was dry except for a few raindrops thirteen laps from the end. That situation brought out the white flags, indicating that riders could change to bikes with rain setups if the conditions worsened, but they never did.
Following strong starts from the third row, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden weren't as competitive as they had hoped. The Italian in particular seemed capable of fighting for third place in the first half of the race, but he was a bit penalized by a less-than ideal setup choice and had to settle for fifth place. He took some satisfaction from the fact that he reduced the gap to the front, and he gained some confidence that the development of the GP11 continues apace in the right direction.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Marlboro Team) 5th
"There are good and bad aspects to today's race. On the positive side, we reduced the gap to the front, and the others in front of me weren't so far ahead. On the other hand, I'm obviously not happy with fifth place, because our goal was to do better than that. To tell the truth, we really could have done a little better today but last night we thought of a change to try in the warm-up and the session turned out to be wet. The change worked quite well, so we found ourselves at a crossroads as to whether or not to blindly use it in the race. We tried it, and that may have been a mistake because the bike moved a lot on corner entry. It was sliding, and I didn't have enough grip, so I was stuck for the whole race, unable to attack Dovizioso and Spies. Otherwise, I think I could have had a slightly better pace and perhaps battled with them. Anyway, we're not too far off, and we're working well, which we need to continue doing. The championship is long and we're still fully focused on both the GP11 and 2012, and we have no intention of backing off."
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro Team) 8th
"I thought I could do better than that. I actually got a good start and the tyres came right in, so the first couple laps I thought we might be on for a good result. We used up the tyre really quickly though, and almost immediately I was spinning a lot, especially in the long corners. We had some ideas to maybe help that, but we couldn't try them in the morning because it was wet, and it was too much of a gamble to try in the race. The rest of the bike felt really good. When the raindrops came, you definitely had to stay on your toes. I ended up in eighth, where we qualified, which I'm not thrilled with since normally we've been able to move up in the races. It will be a short week, so we need to understand the data and see what we get in Silverstone."
Filippo Preziosi (Technical Director)
"Clearly, we would have liked to have given Vale what he needed to fight for the podium, but nonetheless, I think today's race demonstrates that we've taken another small step forward. We've reduced the gap to the front, which is very positive. It was probably possible to do even better, but we found ourselves in a situation where we only had this morning's wet warm-up to try some changes, and they didn't all work well in the race. Nicky wasn't able to take full advantage of all the sessions either, but he likes the latest changes to the GP11, so we hope that soon we'll see him back at his level from last year as we improve the bike step by step. We're working hard on all areas of the bike, and the direction we're following is beginning to pay off. We're already better than we were in the winter tests, but we're still not to the point that Valentino and Nicky deserve."