STONER ONE TENTH OFF FRONT ROW IN CHINA, CAPIROSSI OUT OF LUCK Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner will start tomorrow's Chinese GP from the second row of the grid after a dramatic qualifying session at Shanghai that saw team-mate Loris ...
STONER ONE TENTH OFF FRONT ROW IN CHINA, CAPIROSSI OUT OF LUCK
Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner will start tomorrow's Chinese GP from the second row of the grid after a dramatic qualifying session at Shanghai that saw team-mate Loris Capirossi brought down by a rival during his crucial final qualifying run. Capirossi's misfortune left him 14th.
World Championship leader Stoner also showed impressive race pace and is feeling confident for this fourth race of the 2007 season. Capirossi is happy with his speed in race trim but knows he has a tough task ahead of him to fight back from a fifth-row start.
CASEY STONER, 4th fastest, 1m 59.516
"We are competitive with our race tyre lap times, they are very good, so once again we are feeling quite confident. Unfortunately we were a bit unlucky in qualifying, I had a little problem with my number one bike, with which I've been doing all the settings, it stopped just before we went to start our qualifying laps and I think it took me maybe ten minutes to get back to the box on a scooter. That was a lot of time out and also we didn't have the same settings on the second bike, so when I tried to do some fast times I just didn't feel as comfortable as I had with my number one bike. Anyway, the second row is quite good enough, with almost the same lap time as the front row. I'm very happy with the settings we found during practice and I'm looking forward to the race even if there are a lot of other riders going so fast this weekend, the race tyre times are very close indeed. I think it will be a very close race until maybe the last five four laps."
LORIS CAPIROSSI, 14th fastest, 2m 00.369s
"Unfortunately when I was doing my final fast lap I had an accident and lost the chance to get a good starting position for the race. I was using a wider line through that corner in order to get a better exit speed. Vermeulen saw some space and tried to pass me but there wasn't enough room. I'm disappointed that I didn't have the chance to improve my time but I'm not complaining about the accident because these things can happen. I'm okay, though my right arm is bruised and quite painful. Tomorrow we'll try to make a good start and recover during the race, because in race conditions we are not so bad at all."