STONER AND MELANDRI CONFIDENT AHEAD OF INDY QUALIFYING 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...
STONER AND MELANDRI CONFIDENT AHEAD OF INDY QUALIFYING
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.
The track surface was still damp when this morning's final free practice got underway but it did dry as the session progressed, giving Casey Stoner the opportunity to make some set-up adjustments and set the quickest pace before a technical problem forced him to park his bike and miss out on the final ten minutes of the session.
Marco Melandri was barely able to make use of the start of the session although he did improve significantly towards the end, leaving him hopeful of further progress if the conditions remain dry for qualifying this afternoon.
CASEY STONER (Ducati MotoGP Team) 17th: 1'45.706
"It hasn't rained yet today but the track wasn't completely dry and the new asphalt still doesn't have enough rubber on it to offer good feeling. Anyway, at least we were able to work on the bike and find out what works at this track. Things were going well until we decided to try out a small change to the second bike and make a comparison between the two settings. Unfortunately it developed a problem and with only ten minutes remaining I didn't have chance to get back and take the other machine out. So far it hasn't been an exceptional weekend for us but the situation isn't all bad and we still have another session left to prepare for tomorrow. The big question mark is still the weather because we have no idea what to expect for the race."
MARCO MELANDRI (Ducati MotoGP Team) 15th: 1'45.466
"I'm a little disappointed with this morning's session because we lost too much time at the start, which set our programme back and I only managed to improve at the end. Hopefully the weather holds out for the afternoon so that we can take some more steps forward because there is definitely plenty of room for improvement."