Valentino Rossi: "I really needed to go to sleep for some days after my win in Mugello, but instead we have to keep going to Barcelona! Honestly I would prefer that these two races weren’t back to back because they are two of my favourite tracks and I would prefer to be able to focus on them both separately, but anyway our motivation is high and I am sure we will have all recovered by Friday morning.
"Mugello was a fantastic victory and it’s a great feeling to have won three races in a row this season, only one less than we won in the whole of last season! Last year I had a great fight with Stoner at Catalunya but I couldn’t quite beat him, however this year our bike and tyres are working brilliantly and so I am confident that we will be able to fight be very motivated and hard to beat. Anyway I love racing in Spain and I always have a lot of fans there so I am looking forward to another good weekend.”
Jorge Lorenzo: "I’m quite lucky because after the crash at Mugello there’s no time to dwell on it. We’re straight back to business this week and on Friday I’ll be back on the bike. I’m also going there in good spirits because it’s my home Grand Prix and I’m looking forward to making my MotoGP debut there. Finally yesterday we found what the problem had been over the past two races and now it’s just a case of working to solve it. Montmeló is a circuit I like, for its corners and its long straight, as well as for all the fans who fill the grandstands year after year."
Casey Stoner: "Barcelona is definitely one of my favourite tracks although unfortunately they have Formula 1 there too and over time this has created a few bumps that take away some of the pleasure of riding there. Last year was a really close race with Valentino and Dani, the result was fantastic for us but there wasn’t much difference between finishing first or third in a race like that because we all deserved it. Last year everything was in place with regards to the set-up, whilst this time we still have a few things to work on, so our expectations aren’t quite the same. The team is working really hard, though, and we have taken some steps forward. At Mugello we were competitive so I think we can be reasonably confident."
Andrea Dovizioso: "I go to Barcelona to get a good result and improve on the performance of Mugello. The track I enjoy and I feel I can have a good race there. The circuit I like very much and I have taken some good points and finishes from this place before, so this could be another chance to do well again and maybe move up another position in the championship ranking. Technically this is a circuit that requires careful development of the chassis for riding on the fast and long corners that stress also the tyres. We must work with commitment like always but I see that we are getting better race by race and Barcelona could be a good point to start our recovery.”
Marco Melandri: "I like Barcelona a lot and I’ve had some good results there - a victory in 250cc and my first podium in MotoGP. This year we seem to have had mixed weather every weekend but hopefully Spain can provided us with stable conditions throughout practice and the race so that we can work more normally. In warm-up at Mugello I felt much better with the bike but in the race we didn’t get chance to verify if that was really the case. In any case we’ll start out with the same setting at Barcelona and we’ll see. I really hope we can get a result."
Loris Capirossi: “I cannot wait to get back on the track this weekend. Barcelona is a good circuit and I can go well there. The technicians have been working hard since Italy, but with a back-to-back race like this it doesn’t give you much time to make many changes. We still need to make the bike more competitive to be up with the front guys consistently. I am riding as hard as I can and always giving 100% and I know Suzuki will get it right soon and we will challenge for podiums and wins when we get the package right.”
Chris Vermeulen: “I have only raced at Catalunya a couple of times, but I enjoy the track a lot. I live just up the road in Andorra so this also feels a bit like a home GP for me. We we’re very disappointed after Mugello, but we will put that behind us and go for it from the start. We had some tyre problems in Italy so we will be working hard with Bridgestone this weekend to make sure we can get the best out of the bike and the tyres at Catalunya. I have got some circuits coming up that I really like and need to get my season going and get some better results, not just for me but the whole crew as they are working so hard and not getting the returns they deserve.”