FRONT ROW FOR STONER AT INDY, MELANDRI FACING A STRUGGLE Adverse weather conditions finally relented over Indianapolis today, rewarding the thousands of fans who have made the trip to the state capital of Indiana despite the tricky forecasts and...
FRONT ROW FOR STONER AT INDY, MELANDRI FACING A STRUGGLE
Adverse weather conditions finally relented over Indianapolis today, rewarding the thousands of fans who have made the trip to the state capital of Indiana despite the tricky forecasts and the MotoGP riders, who were finally able to get some dry track time around the legendary circuit following yesterday's washout.
Stoner lost ten minutes of the morning session due to a technical problem but worked hard alongside his crew to find a good setting for his Desmosedici this afternoon. With his final qualifying tyre he produced a stunning lap that gathered in pace, eventually falling just short of the pole position mark set by Valentino Rossi - the only other rider to lap in 1'40.
Marco Melandri was unable to find a satisfactory set-up, however, and will start from 18th position.
CASEY STONER (Ducati MotoGP Team) 2nd: 1'40.860
"The breakdown this morning cost us some valuable time during the best part of the session in terms of track condition, so we paid the price for that this afternoon. I was struggling to find grip on the front end and we spent so much time working it out that we didn't have much time to put in a qualifying lap at the end. To be honest I thought we'd be lucky to get on the front two rows. As it happened we got a surprisingly decent lap together and to end up second fastest is much better than we expected so finally it was not so bad. It means my pole run has come to end but that had to happen eventually and the important thing is we have a good position for tomorrow. Now we have to wait and see what the weather does but we have work still to do on the bike in warm-up whatever the conditions."
MARCO MELANDRI (Ducati MotoGP Team) 18th: 1'43.807
"I'm really disappointed with this second day because we haven't managed to find a good set-up for the race tomorrow. I haven't got grip on the front or the rear and I can't afford to take any risks by pushing too hard. I don't know if we'll have time to do anything about it in the 20-minute warm-up tomorrow so I expect it will be a very tough race."