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McWilliams fastest in wet, Rossi on pole

McWilliams fastest in wet, Rossi on pole

McWilliams fastest in wet, Rossi on pole

Incessant rain in Le Mans meant there were no changes to the provisional grid for the Grand Prix Polini de France, with Valentino Rossi´s provisional pole lap established in the dry conditions yesterday never coming into question. With a steady afternoon drizzle maintaining a constant film of water on the track surface throughout the final qualifying session, riders were limited to finalising wet settings in case of similar conditions tomorrow. Jeremy McWilliams was the fastest man of the day, both in the morning free practice and the final qualifying session, having opted to race the light and nimble Proton KR3 two-stroke after completing some laps on the team´s brand new V5 four-stroke.

Rossi was second fastest behind the British rider, with McWilliams´ team-mate Nobuatsu Aoki also riding well in third place on the rain-friendly Bridgestone tyres. The Proton pair will be hoping they can challenge the World Champion in similar conditions tomorrow as they start from the third and fifth rows of the grid respectively. Other than Rossi, the only front row starter to lap in the top ten today was Alex Barros, who clocked the ninth fastest time as Italians Loris Capirossi and Marco Melandri both struggled to find a wet setting for the Ducati and the Yamaha. $$$ One man to watch could be Carlos Checa, who was fifth fastest in the wet conditions and starts from the second row of the grid in sixth. Former Australian dirt track riders Troy Bayliss and Garry McCoy also looked comfortable on the slippery track surface, as they slithered their way to the fourth and sixth fastest times of the day respectively. Bayliss will line his Ducati up in 14th place, with McCoy starting from the back row of the grid on the Kawasaki in 22nd.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2003, Grand Prix Polini de France

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