Valencian GP: Alice Team qualifying report

FOURTH AND FIFTH ROW FOR THE ALICE TEAM IN THE COMUNITAT DE VALENCIA GRAND PRIX Another day with variable climatic conditions in Valencia where the qualifying session valid for the Comunitat de Valencia Grand Prix took place. Sylvain Guintoli ...

FOURTH AND FIFTH ROW FOR THE ALICE TEAM IN THE COMUNITAT DE VALENCIA GRAND PRIX

Another day with variable climatic conditions in Valencia where the qualifying session valid for the Comunitat de Valencia Grand Prix took place. Sylvain Guintoli remained for sometimes in second position, but in the last part of the session the surface of the track dried out and most of the riders made it to improve their performances. The French rider, who is still suffering at his left knee after yesterday's fall, has concluded with the thirteenth best lap time. Elias made it to improve only in the last attempt with qualifying tyres obtaining the eleventh position after being for most of the time in the last positions. Tomorrow the last 2008 MotoGP World Championship round will start at 2pm local time.

Fabiano Sterlacchini -- Alice Team Technical Director

"It's never easy to find the best set up of the bike with this weather conditions. At the end we made it to obtain a satisfying result in the last lap and this mostly thanks to Toni who has pushed so hard. I hope to find better climatic conditions tomorrow otherwise it will be a race where will get the best results the luckiest and not the best."

Toni Elias -- Alice Team Rider (11th best lap time in 1.32'983 -- Total laps 21)

"It isn't a great result but I really gave all I had today to conquer the best position possible on the starting grid. I was in last position and now I am in the middle of the classification which is very important on this track where is very difficult to overtake. It's a pity because we have encountered some difficulties to find a good set up of the bike due to the weather conditions. We still have some problems, but this is the situation we are in and we will have to give it all tomorrow to finish in the best way possible the season."

Sylvain Guintoli -- Alice Team Rider (13th best lap time in 1.33'352 -- Total laps 27)

"When I was using my last set of soft tyres I was behind Valentino Rossi and I didn't know he was using race tyres. I lost a couple of laps but then I overtook him and I have obtained my fastest lap time on the third lap with qualifying tyres. Probably, if I had used the tyres in my first lap out of the pit I would have conquered a much better result. But it's ok like this for how it went yesterday. I still have a lot of pain in my left knee and tomorrow it will be a very long hard race."

-credit: pd'a

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Toni Elias , Sylvain Guintoli