Sepang : Team KR - Day 2
The timed MotoGP qualifying session was cancelled due to torrential rain here in Malaysia and the grid for tomorrow's will be formed from the order riders finished in the three free training sessions.
Kenny Roberts (Roberts KR211V) has sustained
the fine form he and the Honda-powered Roberts machine have shown since Catalunya way back in June. He lines up on the second row as fourth fastest man here, albeit 1.293 seconds shy of Rossi's pole time of 2m 00.605 seconds.
"I've been testing qualifying tyres in free practice for some time… everybody does. I did two laps on mine, though they're only supposed to do one. But I don't care where I start," Kenny Jr said. "Anywhere from the third row up is okay for me. There was nothing special this morning. We expected to have another session, so nothing really came out of it. We're going to race the same bike I was third on yesterday afternoon, on race tyres. I went to the safety meeting, and everybody said it was too dangerous. I didn't go out in the safety car, but everybody's pretty intelligent round here, and you could see the spray from the car how much water there was."
"I think they are going to work on the drainage tonight. It doesn't look like it's working at the top part of the track, where the water is running across the track. They were pulling mud out from there," he added. "A torrential downpour is one thing, but after it's over and it's postponed for 15 minutes, then those rivers should stop.
The rest of the track is quite dry now. That's just one more thing that we need to learn from this, in the riders' Safety Commission, and from the organisation side … that the first thing you do at any circuit is clean the drains out."
Kenny Roberts Senior, team owner, commented: "We've been trying qualifying tyres in free practice ever since we started qualifying good. Before that we'd put them on at the end of the qualifying session and the bike would chatter so bad it was slower than on race tyres. You need to get the bike working on qualifiers before the final session. Because we did that, Junior qualified well today."
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