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Rossi cruising towards BMW Award in Valencia

Rossi cruising towards BMW Award in Valencia

Rossi cruising towards BMW Award in Valencia

The BMW Award for the 2003 MotoGP Best Qualifier will be presented after the final qualifying practice of the season at Valencia this weekend and looks certain to be collected by World Champion Valentino Rossi. The Italian has set pole position on eight occasions already this year and his accumulated qualifying times from the fifteen rounds so far, plus the official MotoGP test at Catalunya back in March, add up to 3.672 seconds less than his nearest challenger Max Biaggi.

With the front row separated by an average of less than half a second, and Rossi absent from it on just one occasion so far this season, it would take a freak qualifying result for the Honda rider to be denied the prize of a BMW Z4 sports car. However, nothing is decided yet as any rider who fails to complete all seventeen timed sessions is automatically excluded from the competition.

The fastest man on two-wheels would provide the perfect match for the sporty roadster, dubbed by BMW as "a vehicle that was created to excite every sense". The Z4 features a six-cylinder, light-weight alloy engine and Double Vanos, the unique valve-timing control system from BMW, as well as speed-dependent electric power steering and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).

MotoGP, 2003, Valentino Rossi

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