Troy Bayliss was seventh quickest and from the third row on the grid he looks forward to tomorrow’s race. The Australian has begun to show some real feeling for his Honda and the sinuous bends on the English circuit. Now everything depends upon the weather. All the forecasts predict rain for tomorrow and the massive amount of work put in on these two days of practice could prove useless ultimately if the teams have to search for the all-crucial wet settings in the twenty-minute morning warm-up.
Sito Pons – Camel Honda
“I’m quite satisfied, our team will undoubtedly have a chance in tomorrow’s race. Both Alex and Troy have found a set-up they like, and also have the pace of the front-runners as well as good starting positions. The only real unknown now is the weather because the forecasts suggests certain rain. If that’s the case we will quickly need to pick out some good wet settings in the morning warm-up, then we’ll see.”
Alex Barros – Camel Honda – 1’28.394 – 4th position
“I’m calm and content because I know we’ve done some good work this weekend, covering all the areas we had planned to, and taking away any doubts we had about the set-up. This morning and this afternoon too we finished off choosing the rear tyre, and we are ready for the race. I’m a bit sorry for having made a couple of mistakes on both my fast laps which probably lost me a couple of tenths but it’s not a big thing, I think I’ve got a good grid spot anyhow. Tomorrow will be my 250th GP and it would be great if I could celebrate it alongside my team after a good result.”
Troy Bayliss – Camel Honda – 1’28.720 – 7th position
“We’ve worked well and I’m reasonably optimistic about the race tomorrow, even if we could have gone slightly better with the qualifying tyres. Nevertheless we have lapped at a fast pace, and there are lots of riders separated by just a few tenths. The third row isn’t bad, but it’s important to get a good start to tag along with the front group, especially at this track.”