Fastest in all four of the practice sessions, Barros has demonstrated both consistency and speed improving last seasons pole time by around seven-tenths and is confident for tomorrow's race. It is the fifth pole in the affable Brazilian's career, after two whole seasons without a start from first place, all the way back to Malaysia in 2002.
Once back in the pits, the first one to congratulate him was his teammate Troy Bayliss, who despite yesterday's painful crash, rode at a good pace on race tyres. The Australian hope to make a good start so he can repeat the great race he managed in Jerez last Sunday.
Sito Pons Camel Honda
"It was a heart-stopping session, but in the end Alex was brilliant to have pulled out such a daring lap. He deserves it, both him and the team, for all the hard work they have put in this weekend. I am
honestly delighted for this pole position in just the second race of the season. The race will undoubtedly be hard fought and difficult, but Alex has the pace to go well. I'm also happy for Troy because he set a lap-time that isn't bad considering yesterday's crash. I'm certain, knowing how determined he is, that in tomorrow's race he will give the
best of himself."
Alex Barros Camel Honda 137.202 Pole Position
"I'm really happy, that's easy to see, we've been going well all weekend. Straight away we showed that we have a good base set-up in the bike, whilst regarding the tyres, Michelin has helped enormously in getting over the issues caused by the cold track surface, colder than during last year's race. In the first forty minutes of the official session I worked for the race mostly, trying to get the right rhythm for it, and just towards the end we stuck in a soft tyre which allowed me to take this pole. I'm truly pleased for myself and the whole team and I hope to have a good race tomorrow."
Troy Bayliss Camel Honda 139.033 13th position
"First of all "well done" to Alex, he did an extraordinary lap. We found it hard to get good grip, but I'm happy that I did my best lap with race tyres. Tomorrow in the warm up we will try a couple of small
modifications, but the most important thing will be to get a good start so we can make the most of the good pace we showed today with the harder tyres. "