Chinese GP: Alice Team qualifying report

FIFTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR THE ALICE TEAM PAIR Alice Team rider, Toni Elias, didn't make it to maintain the same position obtained in the first day of work in Shanghai, where he concluded in eleventh position, finishing today's qualifying session...

FIFTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR THE ALICE TEAM PAIR

Alice Team rider, Toni Elias, didn't make it to maintain the same position obtained in the first day of work in Shanghai, where he concluded in eleventh position, finishing today's qualifying session in fifteenth position. The Spaniard was in eight position after half session, but couldn't make it to use in the best way Bridgestone qualifying tyres. Sylvain Guintoli, seated in the other side of the Alice Team box, has improved his lap times registered during the firsts three free sessions, but it wasn't enough to conquer a good position in the starting grid. Today's temperatures were similar to the first day of work on the Shanghai circuit, with the asphalt temperature that reached 48 degrees. Weathermen are promising rain for tomorrow, with more than 80% of possibilities for a wet race.

Fabiano Sterlacchini -- Technical Director

"Maybe we wanted too much today. We had found a good compromize that allowed us to have a good race set up, but for the qualifying session maybe we changed too much ruining our lap times. Anyway the race rhythm has improved compared to the previous races. The distance from the firsts is sensibly lower even if we still have a lot of work to do. If the track will be dry tomorrow, I believe Toni can do well."

Toni Elias -- Alice Team Rider (15th best lap time in 1'59.933 -- Total laps 20)

"I am not happy with fifteenth position, but I know that I have good race rhythm, surely with a lower distance to the fastest riders, not like in the firsts three races. It will be very important to start well, if I'll do so we can obtain a good result. This weekend we are surely enjoying racing much more, but we still have to improve to climb the classification."

Sylvain Guintoli -- Alice Team Rider (17th best lap time in 2'00.760 -- Total laps 19)

"What to say, sincerely I expected much more. We started well in the afternoon, but when I tried to push the bike hard to improve, things don't go as expected. It isn't an easy situation, but the only solution we have is to work more and more. Tomorrow, it seems that it will be raining. I can't hide this could be a small advantage for me right now, as I enjoy racing with wet track, but I also want to be competitive with dry track conditions."

-credit: pd'a

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias , Sylvain Guintoli