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Gibernau leads late Honda attack at Jerez

Gibernau leads late Honda attack at Jerez

Gibernau leads late Honda attack at Jerez

Sete Gibernau continued his excellent form on the first day of qualifying for the Gran Premio Marlboro de España at Jerez today, leading a late Honda front row attack to take provisional pole for Sunday´s race. The session had been dominated by Valentino Rossi but Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi raised the tempo in the closing stages to move into first and second place respectively. The Ducati duo looked like they may hang on for an incredible one-two but they were relegated to fourth and fifth as Honda colleagues Gibernau, Tohru Ukawa and Rossi hit back. Only a last ditch effort from Capirossi broke the Japanese factory resistance, the Italian moving up to third to edge Rossi out to fourth and knock Bayliss onto the second row.

Former World Champion Kenny Roberts showed glimpses of his old self on the Suzuki, maintaining top positions throughout the session before finally settling for sixth spot on the provisional grid. He is joined on the second row by his young team-mate John Hopkins, who qualified eighth behind the fastest Yamaha of the day, ridden by Carlos Checa.

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MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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