Valencia : MotoGP - Qualifying
Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow's Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana from pole position, after a storming qualifying practice in which he came close to breaking the 1'31 barrier.
Rossi's last remaining title rival,
Nicky Hayden, will take off from row two knowing that he has to beat the Italian tomorrow if he is to stand any chance of taking the 2006 crown.
As at Jerez in the first race of the season, there will be two Ducatis on the front row tomorrow afternoon.
Troy Bayliss, on an amazing return to MotoGP competition as a stand in for Sete Gibernau, put in the second fastest time of the session to edge out team-mate Loris Capirossi.
Shinya Nakano was relegated to fourth after Capirossi's last-gasp lap, racing his final Grand Prix for the Kawasaki Racing team. Whilst two team-mates who have it all to do to secure an individual title line up alongside the Japanese rider…..
Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa have a valuable two-strong attack, despite being down in fifth and sixth respectively.
Pedrosa knows that this week he can make amends for the unfortunate accident two weeks ago in Portugal with an important contribution this weekend, especially if he can finish second in the event of a Hayden victory.
Casey Stoner, this morning taken to hospital after complaining of a back problem, was seventh, ahead of Suzuki riders Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins and Colin Edwards, too far away from his Camel Yamaha team-mate on the grid to really be in a position to aid him as he did at Estoril
DORNA / CAPSIS International