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Riders beaten by the heat at Montmeló

Riders beaten by the heat at Montmeló

Riders beaten by the heat at Montmeló

Sizzling temperatures at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló prevented many riders from improving on their provisional qualifying times and meant that Valentino Rossi´s pole position remained untouched and intact for tomorrow´s race. The Honda rider could not beat his own previous best of 1´43.927, but neither could any of the other riders, with only Olivier Jacque on the Yamaha breaking up the front row. Jacque qualified third fastest to seal his second top four start in the MotoGP class – his first since setting pole position at Sachsenring in Germany last year. Pole setter Rossi and second placed Ducati rider Loris Capirossi survived the `Jacque attack´, but home favourite Sete Gibernau was pushed to the outside of the front row in fourth and the Frenchman´s former team-mate Shinya Nakano was dropped to the second row.

Nakano was eventually edged further back by Jacque´s current team-mate Alex Barros, who rose three places from his provisional position to seal fifth. Colin Edwards was in impressive form throughout the day, having set the fifth quickest time this morning, and he continued his progression on the Aprilia to move up to the second row in the afternoon. His final qualifying position of seventh is his highest so far in the MotoGP class. Carlos Checa makes up the second row riding the Yamaha, after edging out his former team-mate max Biaggi for eighth.

There were slight changes further down the grid, where Jeremy McWilliams moved up two places to seventeenth on the Proton V5, which only made its race debut last weekend at Mugello.

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya

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