Plenty of work ahead for Marco Simoncelli and Marco Melandri for tomorrow’s Malaysian MotoGP as both riders will start from the fourth row on the grid.
Both riders are confident that their race pace will allow them to be competitive though.
Marco Melandri (10th 2´02″624)
“I think we did a good job with the race setting this afternoon but we always struggle on a soft tyre and the problems weren’t as bad as usual this afternoon, so I am confident for tomorrow. I still think we can make improvements to our race setting and I feel much more optimistic about the race than I have been doing recently. The race will be tough on the tyres and the riders because it is hard to breathe after three laps. We’ll also have to keep an eye on the weather because the rain is always a threat here.”
Marco Simoncelli (11th 2´ 02″ 690)
“I am a little bit disappointed today because after practice this morning I thought I was capable of much more and the afternoon session started really well. Unfortunately when we started to work with the softer tyre I lost a little feeling with the bike and couldn’t improve my lap time. That’s a shame but the positive thing is that in race trim we are quite fast. Starting from the fourth row won’t make it easy tomorrow but I am confident of a good performance.”
“Today wasn’t easy and as the riders said we didn’t get the most out of the softer tyre, which our rivals were able to improve their times on. That has compromised the starting positions but fortunately both Melandri and Simoncelli have good race pace. Their positions are not great so it will be important to make a good start and try to be consistent. It will be a difficult Grand Prix for everybody because of the heat.”
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