STONER THIRD FASTEST ON HUMID FIRST DAY IN MALAYSIA, MELANDRI 14TH It is not without good reason that the Malaysian Grand Prix is considered one of the most demanding on the calendar and the first day of free practice today demonstrated exactly...
STONER THIRD FASTEST ON HUMID FIRST DAY IN MALAYSIA, MELANDRI 14TH
It is not without good reason that the Malaysian Grand Prix is considered one of the most demanding on the calendar and the first day of free practice today demonstrated exactly why, with intense heat, humidity and mixed track conditions making life extremely difficult for the teams and riders.
The gruelling heat and humidity of the opening practice session this morning gave way to a light rain shower in the afternoon denying the riders the opportunity to push their machines to the limit and obtain useable feedback for a good part of the second free practice.
Both Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri are hoping for more consistent conditions tomorrow.
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) 3rd fastest: 2'02.970
"It has been a frustrating day to be honest because we don't seem to have a tyre that works at this track and suits our bike. The weather didn't help because this afternoon it was constantly spitting and we couldn't really push hard enough to get any decent information back. Hopefully with the data we got from a couple of laps we can improve the bike a little bit for tomorrow. The Desmosedici puts less pressure on the rear than other bikes so we tend to run softer rear tyres, but this circuit requires a hard compound and it seems the tyre that works best here is giving us a bit too much rebound. The bike is moving around a lot and I'm getting a lot of vibration. The limited track time this afternoon leaves us with a lot of work to do tomorrow so hopefully the weather stays dry. We had similar issues in Phillip Island and we managed to get on top of them so I think by Sunday we can have a good solution".
MARCO MELANDRI (Ducati Marlboro Team) 14th: 2'04.169
"We worked hard with the tyres today but the conditions were constantly changing so we couldn't find anything we felt happy with. We also have to work a lot on the bike because when I'm not pushing it feels okay but as soon as I try to pick the pace up the same old problems return. We always have problems opening the throttle and with front feeling. If I ride at a normal pace it's fine but the harder I push the slower I go."