Qatar : MotoGP Qualifying session
Valentino Rossi will begin his attempt to regain the MotoGP World Title from pole position tomorrow, after a scorching lap at the end of the qualifying for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.
The Italian put an incredible 1'55''002
lap on the board, edging out last year's poleman Casey Stoner by five thousandths of a second and smashing his pole record time of 1'55''683.
After fast times yesterday and this morning, Colin Edwards set the pace early on, before eventually taking the final spot on the front row. Toni Elias, Dani Pedrosa and John Hopkins completed the top six, the latter surprising many with his great ride at less than 100% fitness. Loris Capirossi will start from the head of row three tomorrow, holding off Randy de Puniet and reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden.
Elias, Capirossi and Marco Melandri were amongst the riders to take a trip onto the gravel during the session, whilst there were crashes for Shinya Nakano and Jeremy McWilliams.
The Ilmor GP rider may have further damaged his still-tender leg after a spectacular highside.
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