Alex Criville will start the British Grand Prix from the tail end of the second row, after running out of time in the final qualifying practice. The world champion had a slight set-up problem on his Repsol YPF Honda in the closing stages of the...
Alex Criville will start the British Grand Prix from the tail end of the second row, after running out of time in the final qualifying practice. The world champion had a slight set-up problem on his Repsol YPF Honda in the closing stages of the session which prevented him from improving in those crucial final moments. His team-mate Tadayuki Okada will start one position further down, in ninth place, while Sete Gibernau has claimed 14th place on the start grid.
ALEX CRIVILLE 8th 1¹33.038
"That session was okay. We found a good pace but then, in the final two minutes of the session, we encountered some front end chatter problems. With it being so late in the session, we didn¹t have any time to fix it. We ended up being just three tenths of a second too slow for the front row. It¹s a shame. We¹re checking what the problem was right now but in any case, it¹s nothing major. I¹m satisfied with our qualifying for this race. I¹m feeling comfortable on the bike. I expect the race will be very open with a lot of riders fighting together because the times are really close".
TADAYUKI OKADA 9th 1¹33.170
"It¹s still getting better little by little. We¹re at the stage where we can¹t really talk about problems as such, it¹s just that the bike is not quite as balanced as I would like. We¹ve been working on our suspension today and we¹ve made some progress. We¹re not too far off a satisfactory set-up. I feel that we¹re now getting close to the kind of solution we need. The track was perfectly dry for our session and even though the grip level wasn¹t great, it wasn¹t too slippery out there. Right now, I have one bike which I prefer and which seems to be better set-up".
SETE GIBERNAU 14th 1¹33.694
Well that¹s better than yesterday. We¹ve managed to get closer to the front guys and it seems we¹ve found a solution to our front fork chatter problems. Now, we have to work on matching the set-up to our solution in order to make the best of our progress. I¹m satisfied that we¹ve made this improvement even though I¹m obviously not happy with my current position on the grid. But everyone in the team is working really hard and they¹re really doing a great job. The important thing is that we¹re making progress every time. We¹re not standing still. Tomorrow, if I can get a good start, I might be able to stay with the others. <pre> Circuit record lap¹98: S. Crafar 1¹32.661 Fastest lap: A. Barros 1¹32.316 Pole: A. Barros 1¹32.316
Starting grid Donington - 500cc 1 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1¹32.316 2 K. Roberts Telefonica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1¹32.477 3 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1¹32.803 4 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 1¹32.805 5 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1¹32.821 6 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1¹32.951 7 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d¹Antin Yamaha 1¹33.001 8 A. Criville Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1¹33.038 9 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1¹33.170 10 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1¹33.223 11 N. Aoki Telefonica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1¹33.227 12 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1¹33.390 13 T. Harada Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 1¹33.515 14 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1¹33.694 15 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 1¹34.035