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    MotoGP Qualifying--Jerez

    Looks a lot like last year, except Melandri has learned to stay on the bike.

    1. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1:39.419
    2. Sete Gibernau (Honda) 1:39.915
    3. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1:40.179
    4. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1:40.465
    5. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki) 1:40.542
    6. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 1:40.648
    7. Makoto Tamada (Honda) 1:40.707
    8. Alex Barros (Honda) 1:40.720
    9. Troy Bayliss (Honda) 1:40.774
    10. Alex Hofmann (Kawasaki) 1:40.812
    11. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1:40.825
    12. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1:40.948
    13. Toni Elias (Yamaha) 1:41.029
    14. Kenny Roberts (Suzuki) 1:41.058
    15. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1:41.176
    16. Max Biaggi (Honda) 1:41.233
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    Valentino Rossi will start the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera from pole position tomorrow after a stunning lap with just over two minutes of the session remaining, one which left the opposition for dead at a blustery Andalusian circuit.

    The Gauloises Yamaha star recorded a blistering time of 1:39.419, a new circuit best lap record, on board the factory YZR-M1 prototype to lead the class of 2005 home after the one and only qualifying session of the weekend by 0.496 seconds.

    Sete Gibernau, home hero of course at the opening round of the year, set a best lap of 1:39.915, the only other man barring Rossi to set a time inside the 1:39 bracket.

    Gibernau, who had set the pace in the all three of the previous Free Practice sessions, could do nothing to match the "Q" tire pace of the reigning World Champion and will start in the middle of the front row.

    Gibernau just beat out Movistar team-mate Marco Melandri who strung together a stunning set of laps toward the end of the qualifying hour, Melandri's best lap a 1:40.179, which relegated Nick Hayden to the top of the second row.

    The Repsol rider had held pole with just 14 minutes of the session remaining on board the 2005 factory RC211V, a 1:40.465, leading the field by 0.226 seconds. But, Hayden's final run would not see him improve his time as the wind swirled viciously around the 2.7 mile circuit.

    Team Fuchs Kawasaki had an impressive day at the office, the excellent Bridgestone qualifying tire coming up trumps for team green. Nakano finished in fifth, his time a 1:40.542 leaving "Super Shinya" in the center of the second row after previously holding pole by 0.4 seconds after 37 minutes.

    Loris Capirossi made use of the same impressive qualifying tire from the Japanese manufacturer and finished on the back-end of row two in sixth, a 1:40.648 lifting Capirex up the order after he had struggled throughout most of the hour.

    Capirossi was riding injured this afternoon after chipping a bone in his ankle after a Free Practice get-off this morning. Team-mate Checa, who aggravated an existing shoulder injury yesterday with a fall, finished the session in 12th position.

    JIR Konica Minolta Honda man Makoto Tamada set a best time of 1:40.707 to head up Row three in seventh place, the former Pramac man beating out Brazilian Alex Barros who had to settle for eighth spot.

    Barros recorded a fastest time of 1:40.720 late on in the session to pip team-mate Troy Bayliss who finished in ninth spot with a time of 1:40.774 with the aid of a Michelin qualifier.

    The top ten was rounded out by Alex Hofmann, the German rider ably backing team-mate Nakano on the sister Ninja ZX-RR machine, Hofmann's final time a 1:40.812.

    A disastrous session for Yamaha factory man Colin Edwards saw the Texan languishing down in 15th spot, just in front of the Roman Emperor Max Biaggi.

    The four-time 250cc GP Champion finished in a dismal 16th position almost 1.8 seconds back of pole man Rossi, the door to the garage slammed shut after Biaggi pulled in after the session.

    Shane Byrne survived a mid session visit to the gravel on the Team Roberts/KTM hybrid, not enough brake for "Shakey" entering turn one, but the rider was uninjured.

    The Gran Premio Marlboro De Espana gets underway at 2pm local time tomorrow, and the weather forecast suggests a windy but sunny day for the Premier class event and the 125cc and 250cc support races.

    Morning Warm-Up times will appear here, as will of course full press releases with regard to this qualifying session as we receive them later today.

    Relative times:

    2004 Spanish GP Pole Position: Valentino Rossi - Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha - 1:40.818

    2004 Spanish GP Fastest Lap: Sete Gibernau - Telefonica Movistar Honda - 1:53.508*

    Circuit Record Lap 2003: Valentino Rossi - Repsol Honda - 1:42.788

    IRTA Test Sunday 27th March 2005: Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda - 1:39.983.

    *Wet race.

    Last edited by Mighty Kentor; 04-09-2005 at 07:33 AM.
    Reformatted to fit your screen.

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    WOW, only 2 seconds between first place and tenth. Can you imagine if everyone at Mission was that close?

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    Lol good ole Biaggi,sounds like another fun and games year for him.

    Crazy though the times are so close now..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rscudiver
    WOW, only 2 seconds between first place and tenth. Can you imagine if everyone at Mission was that close?
    we would all die

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    What bernie said. Makes Hopkins look not so great, but he's only a couple of tenths behind a good placing. Why are qualifying laps 13s faster than race laps?

    Edit: The race was in the wet, that's why.
    Last edited by ReelExterminato; 04-09-2005 at 04:06 PM.

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    I'm impressed by Melandri...disapointed by Edwards. And it appears that the kawasaki may be getting better! 'course it still the first race in a long season.

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    Makes Hopkins look not so great, but he's only a couple of tenths behind a good placing.
    Hopkins has the Flu, hopefully he'll feel better by tomorrow

    Go Rossi Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!

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