After a promising Czech Republic Grand Prix, Repsol YPF HondaÂ¹s three riders were once again regular top runners in the first qualifying practice session for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Tadayuki Okada just missed out on the provisional front row...
After a promising Czech Republic Grand Prix, Repsol YPF Honda¹s three riders were once again regular top runners in the first qualifying practice session for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Tadayuki Okada just missed out on the provisional front row with fifth time, one place in front of World Champion Alex Criville. Sete Gibernau set the eighth fastest time today.
TADY OKADA 5th 1'42.255 "Things are much better for us but to be honest, I don¹t really know why! It's been the case so many times this year that our results haven¹t been so good while all the satellite Honda teams were doing well. But today, it's the opposite way around and this is a bit of a surprise for us. We don¹t really know why the situation is like this. What I do know is that I¹m feeling a lot more comfortable on the bike today. We tested at Brno, after the Grand Prix, and we were able to refine our suspension settings and find something that seems to work very well. And now, for the first time this year, I feel like I¹m really having fun out there on the bike".
ALEX CRIVILLE 6th 1'42.259 "We¹re very close and that¹s good. I¹m in sixth place and only four tenths off pole. The wind has been our main problem today. It's extremely strong and it means that some laps are ruined. You might be doing okay for half a lap but then you get caught by the wind and suddenly, you lose time where you don¹t expect to. But I¹m happy. We have another practice session tomorrow and the bike is already working well. Without the danger factor from the wind, everything would be okay".
SETE GIBERNAU 8th 1'42.335 "We¹re working in the same way as we did at the last Grand Prix, concentrating on one bike and working on making the feeling as good as possible. Since this morning, I've been experiencing problems with my front brake but we haven¹t had time to change the brake yet. But we know what we have to do to improve the bike for tomorrow. We have to change the front brake system, obviously, but also work on the rear suspension. The engine is working fine so that's something we shouldn¹t have to worry about".
<pre> Qualifying Practice Nr. 1- Estoril - 500cc 1 K. Roberts Telefonica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1¹41.809 2 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1¹42.013 3 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1¹42.144 4 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d¹Antin Yamaha 1¹42.187 5 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1¹42.255 6 A. Criville Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1¹42.259 7 J. vd. Goorbergh Rizla Honda TSR-Honda 1¹42.286 8 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1¹42.335 9 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1¹42.337 10 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1¹42.383 11 N. Aoki Telefonica Movistar Suzuki Suzuki 1¹42.560 12 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1¹42.621 13 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1¹42.777 14 T. Harada Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 1¹43.156 15 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 1¹43.254 16 JL. Cardoso Maxon Dee Cee Jeans Honda 1¹43.257 17 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 1¹43.367 18 M. Willis Proton TEAM KR Modenas KR3 1¹44.053 19 Y. Konishi FCC TSR TSR-Honda 1¹46.171 20 S. Legrelle Tecmas Honda Elf Honda 1¹47.288 21 P. Tessari Team Paton Paton 1¹47.845
Circuit Record Lap : New Fastest lap : K. Roberts 1¹41.809