Tomorrow's Portuguese GP will begin with four-times 2003 race winner Sete Gibernau starting from the outside of the front row, in fourth, despite a fall in this afternoon's final qualifying session.

"Generally I am happy with the session," began the Catalan. "From the start I had a good rhythm, but I had a small problem with the bike and decided to take my second machine. Then I had a crash which made me lose a little time, but I went back out on the first bike - which I wasn't too happy with - and was still able to lap in 1min 38.

"I think we have met our objective today - I have found a good tyre for the race, I have a consistent rhythm, I feel good despite my crash and most importantly I will start from the front row," he added positively. "Now I will have a chat with the team to discuss why we have had this problem with the bike, but I feel calm and am looking forward to the race."

Meanwhile, rookie team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari concentrated on set-up, improving his time from yesterday by almost two seconds to qualify 19th out of the 24 runners.

"I am quite happy with today's session because my objective was to lower my times and I have achieved that. I am really looking forward to the race tomorrow and I am hoping for something I am not used to - a good start!" he smiled.

 

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