After disappointing qualifying results
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi look towards tomorrow's Australian GP with mixed feelings.
The pair ran an impressive race pace at Phillip Island today but struggled to turn that into competitive qualifying
laps, ending this afternoon's qualifying session in 12th and 13th positions.
Nevertheless both men are ready to fight back in tomorrow's race at this high-speed venue.
Gibernau and Capirossi were happy with their speed on race tyres, which they also used for their best qualifying laps because their qualifying tyres didn't prove as well suited to the Desmosedici here as they were to the Kawasaki, which qualified second.
Tomorrow's race will thus be a real challenge for the Spaniard and the Italian who start from the fourth and fifth rows of the grid.
SETE GIBERNAU, 12th fastest, 1m 30.237s
"The qualifying tyres didn't work the way we had expected them to work here so I had to do my fastest laps with race tyres. My 1m 30.2s best, that was with my race tyre. We've done some long race runs at a pretty good pace but we will be starting from way back on the grid, so it's going to be a very hard race for us. The lap times are very close at this track so it's not easy to get past here. Right now, we've just got to keep our heads down and know that it's going to be an uphill race. We've been running the new-profile Bridgestone as well as the tyre we normally use but we've yet to confirm which we will use in the race. Morning warm-up will be decisive for us."
LORIS CAPIROSSI, 13th fastest, 1m 30.393s
"I had a problem with my number one bike [a gearbox gremlin stretched the final drive chain], so I had to come in and wait while my second bike was prepared for a qualifying run. That lost me some time and I only did one lap with a qualifier which didn't work the way we wanted it to work. It's a pity because we are okay with our race set-up but we know that starting from the fifth row will make the race difficult. Anyway, I am positive because I know we have a chance to do well tomorrow. There are plenty of riders who were faster than me today but how long can they maintain that pace in the race?"