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Rossi still at the wheel for BMW award

Rossi still at the wheel for BMW award

Rossi still at the wheel for BMW award

Loris Capirossi may have walked away from the IRTA winter test with the keys to a new car after setting the fastest lap in Barcelona, but reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi is still topping the table for a luxury BMW Z4 thanks to his consistency in qualification over the ten GPs so far.

The Italian heads a classification of 18 riders. Any MotoGP participants who have missed a round of the World Championship for one reason or another are not included in the list.

Rossi, on combined times, has a lead of 1.5 seconds over great rival Max Biaggi and another second advantage on Loris Capirossi. Sete Gibernau, who has defeated Rossi several times in the last few GPs, lies fourth with Carlos Checa being the first Yamaha rider in fifth, although some five seconds behind Rossi.

Most of the riders are separated by a second. The biggest gap is between John Hopkins in 11th and Olivier Jacque in tenth. The Frenchman enjoys a cushion of more than three seconds overall.

Rossi has 5 pole positions compared to the 2 each achieved by Biaggi and Capirossi with Gibernau earning just one. Rossi has missed the front row at just one GP (Jerez) the nearest rider in terms of qualifying performance is Biaggi with 8 starts from the first line.

Check out the results section on the website to see the full ranking after the race in Brno.

MotoGP, 2003, Valentino Rossi

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