Today the weather conditions played a major role in the outcome. It already had its influence in FP3 this morning, because we had a lot of things we wanted to try. When the rain became heavier in the second half of the session, it prevented the riders from putting in a soft tyre. Because of this Valentino had to go through Q1 to get a place in Q2. Today was Maverick‘s first mixed qualifying session aboard his YZR-M1. As a result he suffered from a lack of grip on the rear, as he hadn‘t had the opportunity to work on his wet setting before today. However, he once again proved that he is a very versatile rider and quickly adapted to the situation. We have seen how strong Maverick‘s pace is yesterday and in today‘s free practice he again set fast laps, this time in the damp conditions. All in all, we got a lot of work done in today‘s two practice sessions and Valentino also made a good step, so we are quite certain that they will both be strong contenders tomorrow, regardless of the weather.