The newly resurfaced road course section of the Indianapolis MotoGP circuit was met with favorable opinions from the MotoGP riders, as most felt that both smoothness and consistency were dramatically improved (last year, there were multiple changes in tarmac as the circuit transitioned to various sections). "I think the new tarmac is an improvement, but the grip is more or less similar," said Marquez. "It’s less bumpy and that’s better for the riders. This afternoon was slightly better, the grip improves every time we go out, and that means we need to adapt the setup for those conditions." Valentino Rossi was even more appreciative, even though he was down in 9th spot on the timesheets. "The new layout is good, I like it, it’s better than the old. And especially the asphalt, the quality of the surface is a lot better. It’s more easy to ride the bike, it have better grip, so it’s good."