Valentino Rossi was the main beneficiary of the wet weather in Motegi, receiving the pole position spot for the Polini Grand Prix of Japan as a result of his fastest time in Friday’s practice session. The Italian admitted as much when speaking on Saturday afternoon, but also revealed that he was ready for whatever the meteorology might throw at him on Sunday.
“I’m lucky, because I had the fastest time from the Friday practice session. I’m also happy that we are fast in the wet, because I was second behind Colin (Edwards) this morning. We are quite ready for the two conditions, and we just have to wait to see which one we have,” said the reigning MotoGP World Champion, who starts on pole at Motegi for the first time in his career.
“With just 45 minutes in each set of circumstances we are not at the limit yet. I think that this is the same for all the other riders too. I’m happy to start on pole, because this is important for the race.”
The last time that a MotoGP qualifying session was cancelled was the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix. Rossi was given pole on that occasion as well, and romped to victory in a dry Sunday race.