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2009-07-19 Rider claims after Sachsenring qualifying
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Valentino Rossi snatched pole position in last seconds of the wet qualifying session for German Grand Prix. Fight for pole position was again between usual three riders, with Casey Stoner deciding few minutes before the end of the session that he does not want to get involved in risky competition for pole position. Jorge Lorenzo seemed able to beat his team-mate for pole once again, before Rossi made surprise lap in last seconds and moved his team-mate to second place. Nicky Hayden took 4th place despite ugly crash in which he was launched by his Ducati to Niccolo Canepa. Alex De Angelis was best Honda representative in 5th place. Read rider claims after the Sachsenring qualifying.
Valentino Rossi - pole position - 1:32.520:
Iím really happy for this pole because it means Iíve already got more than in the whole of last year! Getting the pole position here is very important for the race because itís such a hard place to overtake, so Iím really happy. Weíve done some good work today and my team has done a great job to set-up the bike. Weíve made a few small modifications, which have improved the feeling for me and I felt very confident today despite the bad conditions. At the end it was really very difficult and we were right on the limit because there was so much water on the track, but I knew I could push a bit more and the result was this great lap. I really hope itís dry tomorrow Ė for the sake of everybody Ė but at the moment itís doubtful so at least we can be confident that weíre well prepared in the wet as well.
Jorge Lorenzo - 2nd:
Yesterday I was quite worried about my injuries but I am happy to say that today I feel a lot better and I was able to ride much more strongly and brake much later. I was really fast in the dry this morning and then this afternoon I did a lot of consistent laps, improving all the time, which is very good because often I struggle in the wet. At the end it was very easy to crash so I didnít want to push too much or take too many chances, it was important to be careful! Second place is very good and Iím happy about the work weíve done. I hope I feel even better tomorrow for the race and of course that the weather is a bit better too.
Casey Stoner - 3rd:
That was a crazy session because of all the standing water on the track and the grip levels were minimal. There were riders crashing all over the place so once we knew we had a decent lap time in the bag I decided to sit out the last few minutes of the session because the last thing I needed was a crash. Iím still feeling the effects of the qualifying crash at Laguna two weeks ago so to be honest the first thing Iím pleased about is to have stayed upright today, the second thing is to be on the front row! I have to take my hat off to Rossi and Lorenzo today because whilst everybody else was sliding around all over the place those two looked like they were on rails. They are clearly the guys to beat again tomorrow in wet or dry conditions although to be honest Iíd prefer it to be wet Ė at least that way I know I am physically fit enough to be strong to the end of the race!
Nicky Hayden Ė 4th:
In some ways the session was a complete disaster but I ended up with my best grid position of the year so Iíll take it! I went out on the first bike and immediately something happened to the gearbox going into turn one and I almost went down. It was stuck in second gear so I had to ride it all the way back to the pits like that. I didnít feel as comfortable on my second bike but I knew that was all I had to work with for the rest of the session so I was a little tentative. Then we made a couple of changes and got going pretty good. Things were coming together so I went out with ten minutes to go, got right on the pace and felt I could do something special. I set my best time through the first split but then in the downhill section I lost the rear and there was no way of getting it back, unfortunately it took Niccolo out too. Iím basically okay from the crash and I hope Niccolo is okay too because it was my fault. I was trying too hard when it was getting too slippery Ė it was raining harder but I felt like I could go faster
Alex De Angelis - 5th:
We started out really well and my lap times were good in the early part of the session when we were using a tyre that we had put a few laps on in yesterdayís damp session. With a new tyre it was really hard to generate the heat to get it working at optimum temperature but gradually I started to feel better. Then unfortunately I crashed in the corner where everybody else went down too. It is never a nice feeling to crash but especially when I know that I could have made an attack at least for the front row. Anyway, fifth place is a fantastic result for us and if it rains again tomorrow then weíre ideally placed. Even if it is dry we know we have a good starting position and good pace for what I hope can be my best race of the season.
Randy de Puniet - 6th:
We have got a good grid position and I am quite satisfied but it has not been easy because wet sessions are always a gamble. Everybody pushes to find the limit but sometimes we push too much and we crash. I was very fast in my first run (12 laps) and my wet set-up was almost perfect. Unfortunately I crashed at turn seven because I opened the throttle too much and the asphalt was like an ice-skating rink! After that I went out on my second bike but it took me some time to find the right pace. When I started to push I had some engine brake issues and with two laps to go I went out in the gravel. The guys must work hard to repair both bikes for tomorrow but I feel confident as we made a good performance in both conditions.
Colin Edwards - 7th:
It was a bit of a struggle to be honest, so to be as high as seventh, I'm not going to complain too much. I thought we'd made a big step with the wet set-up yesterday but the rain was much harder this afternoon and the track temperature was a lot cooler. I knew two laps into it that I'd got no feeling from the rear. We made a couple of changes and the lap times were getting a bit better but each time I wanted to push the rear would just come round on me. The Bridgestone front rain tyre is just awesome and you can do what you want with it. If I could chop the bike in half and just ride the front around here it would be fantastic. But as soon as I load the rear tyre it comes round on me and picks me up. I want to push and go faster, but the faster I go the more load I'm generating and that just pushes the rear out even more. The balance isn't quite right because I feel like I'm riding well in the rain. Tomorrow is all about getting a good start with it being hard to overtake. And the start pretty much determines which group you're going to be battling in. The new electronics I've got though are unbelievable. I don't want to curse myself but my starts have been phenomenal and I need to thank Yamaha because the new electronics have helped me massively.
Dani Pedrosa - 8th:
Qualifying in eighth isnít ideal, so Iíll be trying to make another good start tomorrow. Thatís going to be important here because the first turn is quite close to the start line, plus itís difficult to overtake at this track. The conditions were quite difficult this afternoon, they were changing all the time and I was struggling to get into a good rhythm. There were a lot of riders crashing out there and I donít have a lot of experience on this yearís wet tyres because I missed some testing earlier in the season. This was why I wasnít going so quickly this afternoon. It wasnít because of my crash in last yearís wet race. It was good that we had a dry practice session this morning and of course Iíd prefer a dry race tomorrow. The forecast is not certain so weíll aim to improve our set-up for both wet and dry conditions.
Loris Capirossi - 9th:
Overall the practice has not been too bad because we were able to work on getting a good wet setting. We made a few changes half-way through to improve engine-braking and control, but the biggest problem was the amount of rain on the track in the last 15 minutes of the session. I did quite a good lap and then on what felt like my best lap I lost some time behind Melandri, so I decided I had to go for it on the next lap, but in turn seven as I opened the throttle to accelerate out, the rear tyre just let go and I flew a long way off the bike. The good thing for us though is that the feeling in the bike is good in the wet and this will help us if it is like this tomorrow.
Andrea Dovizioso - 11th:
The grip levels were quite low this afternoon which meant the machine was sliding a lot Ė this was the same for everyone of course. We were working on wet settings and the area we primarily need to improve is the stability of the rear on the entry to the corners. This is where the bike was tricky to control in the slippery conditions. It was raining throughout the session and this meant the track was getting increasingly wet. If I had the choice, Iíd prefer the less wet conditions from earlier in the session Ė and ideally fully dry of course. Weíll have to see what the weather does tomorrow and aim to make a fast start and make up some places quickly.
Chris Vermeulen - 12th:
I am quite disappointed with qualifying because we struggled to get the bike working well for me. That was probably due to my lack of track time at speed today, but we did make some steps during the session. Right at the end, when there was a lot of standing water, we struggled to get good grip from the rear of the bike and that is something we'll look at tonight so we can be ready if it is wet tomorrow. With my injuries it will be a bit easier for me physically if it is wet tomorrow, but if it's dry I'm expecting it to be a tough race. My shoulder and my hip are both hurting from the crash on Friday, but I'll be ok to race and trying as hard as I can!
James Toseland - 14th:
I'm gutted. I felt like I was riding really well, so to come in and see myself four-tenths of sixth is hard to swallow. If I wasn't riding well and not putting in the effort I know I am, I wouldn't be so frustrated. I had my best feeling in the wet for a long time and I knew I was riding well, but each time I came across the line I was seeing P12 or P13. And then to find out I'm so close to a top six is really frustrating. We kept one set of tyres through the whole session and just as I did my quickest lap time the rain started coming again and there was a little bit more water. I'd used the best grip of my tyre and I couldn't go any quicker. So instead of sitting here in sixth or seventh with a big smile on my face and feeling confident of a good result, I'm fourteenth and that makes it a tough race with it being so hard to overtake. But my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 have done an amazing job to give me a good bike for the wet and build my confidence. We kept going softer with the set-up because the edge grip on the Bridgestone rain tyre is amazing. It will be a tough race with overtaking so difficult on this track, but as always I'll be giving it my all.
Gabor Talmacsi - 16th:
This was my first time on a MotoGP bike in the wet. We began with a basic set-up, then we stopped, as programmed, to switch to my second bike and we improved. With 17 minutes to go I stopped for the third time to change tyres and to modify the set-up. We did not get what we desired from a set-up point of view, but we now have a few ideas to help us improve in case the race is wet.
Toni Elias - 17th:
I didnít feel as comfortable today as I did yesterday in the wet or the dry. Track temperature was 15ļC lower and I really felt the difference. It was taking too long to get any heat into the tyre and even when I did the feeling wasnít there. It wasnít a good day and it finished off with a crash, which I was lucky to come away from without any injury. Iíd had a few warnings beforehand, the bike was sliding around in a lot of places, and then I lost control and the next thing I knew I was laying on top of the bike like I was sunbathing or something! Itís funny to watch on television but I can assure you it wasnít so funny for me. Hopefully the fans get the chance to sunbathe tomorrow because we need a dry race. Iím starting from last place so it will be a tough race for sure. My only option is to fight and pass as many people as I can. Letís hope we have the conditions and a set-up that allows me to do so.
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