Valentino Rossi: "We were able to go fast from the start this morning and the bike setting and the Bridgestone tyres are working very well together. We were faster this morning because this afternoon the temperature of the asphalt reached more than 40 degrees and in these conditions the tyres start to slide a bit, which makes it harder. Anyway we have many different tyres to try, plenty of choices and I am quite relaxed. My rhythm is very good, I can ride more or less how I want and I think we’re in good shape. It seems Stoner and I are a little bit faster than the others and so it looks like it could be another battle like last year! Our bike has more top speed here now so this is important for the long straight, but my corner speed is also good."
Casey Stoner: "It’s more comfortable for us here. The last two races didn’t go well in practice but I believe they could have still been two decent results and for a variety of reasons they turned into not so good ones. We couldn’t seem to get things right, no matter what we did or what we tried, but this weekend we seem to be back in control again. Front feel is a lot better here, I’m slowly getting my confidence back and I think we can continue to do that over the rest of the weekend."
Dani Pedrosa: "My pace was faster this afternoon but not quite what we had expected, so we need to keep on working. Tomorrow we will aim to make another step forward, we will try to find a couple of tenths by making some more detail chassis adjustments and by working closely with the Michelin technicians to find the best tyres. I’m feeling confident for Saturday”.
Loris Capriossi: "It’s been quite a positive day for us because we have tried many things and we have found a good setting for the bike. We went a bit softer on the front set-up this afternoon and although it is still not perfect we know what needs changing on the bike tomorrow."
Nicky Hayden: "Straight away this afternoon the bike worked a lot better and I enjoyed riding it more. I felt pretty comfortable out there. My team did a good job to make some good improvements, so thanks to them. We definitely found some good direction between FP1 and FP2, so hopefully if we can keep working in that direction we’ll be a lot closer again tomorrow. But we need another big step if we’re to really improve.”
James Toseland: "This track is not too bad to learn but there are two or three places where you really need track knowledge. But I’m 0.7s off Colin on a track I’ve only done 40 laps on and its more than a two minute lap, so I’m pretty pleased and confident I can move much further forward tomorrow. The main issue is learning about the bumps and getting the bike to handle them. There are a few bumps in a few tricky places and they are big enough to really upset the bike. You have to be right on a good line always to get a good lap time.
John Hopkins: "Today we worked on setting up the machine to suit my preferences around this circuit. I really like this track and I’ve always gone quite well here. In the afternoon session we tried a few different Bridgestone tyre combinations to find a choice that will last the distance on Sunday. We also evaluated various parts and we’ve finished practice very positively. I’m feeling confident and tomorrow we need to qualify well to put us in the best possible stead for the race."
Colin Edwards: “We’ve spent most of the day changing the bike to try and find grip and we haven’t had to do that all year. We are kind of in territory we haven’t been in, but we know what we need to make it better. But I’m having a bit of an issue with feeling from the front. Because we run so much temperature and there are so many hard braking points at this track, Michelin has to bring a different front tyre to what we normally run and I’m struggling with that. I can’t run the lines I want because I have to deal with the harder construction that’s been built to dissipate the heat.
Andrea Dovizioso: "Obviously I’m not so happy that I wasn’t as fast in the afternoon when it was hotter. This is the way, but because my pace is consistent I know we have room to make things even better and go faster still. The main problem of the afternoon session was the big difference of temperature and this made the racetrack much slower."
Chris Vermuelen: "We tried a lot of things with the bike set-up today and definitely made some big steps forward this afternoon. I used the same tyre for the whole afternoon session, which was probably not the best option as I struggled to get as much grip as I wanted when we were making so many changes to the bike."
Toni Elias: "“I am happy because we have really improved today. After Portugal we have found the right way to take. Since the morning we were in good shape and in the afternoon we have improved by almost a second, which is quite good."
Sylvain Guintoli: “This afternoon rhythm was much better compare to the first session. Mostly in the last fifteenth minutes we have found a good set up for the bike. We hope to be able to improve our position tomorrow. I am happy of the Bridgestone tyres and also of the suspensions."
Anthony West: "Although the times are not brilliant, we are making some progress and our fastest laps have been in the closing stages of each session. Hopefully, this means there is more to come, and we can continue going faster. Our biggest problem is with the power delivery and corner exit, where I feel we are losing a lot of time due to a lack of traction."