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Rossi sends out pole warning to Gibernau

Rossi sends out pole warning to Gibernau

Rossi sends out pole warning to Gibernau

Valentino Rossi sent out a warning shot to Sete Gibernau after the Spaniard set a new pole record at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday. Rossi had interchanged top spot throughout the session with Yamaha team-mate Carlos Checa and, despite dropping to fourth place as Gibernau led a late Honda charge at the end of the session, promised the series leader a pole challenge on Saturday.

"I've had quite a good day but I have not pushed as hard as I could because I still have some set-up issues and the last laps with qualifying tyres did not go so well," declared Rossi.

"Sete has obviously found his limit and I haven't yet. Obviously I'd like to be at the front! Even though we still have a way to go I think we're in quite a good position - maybe even to fight for victory."

Checa, meanwhile, dropped to sixth place but was satisfied with his day's efforts. "So far we've done some good work, through all the practice this morning and this afternoon," commented the Spaniard. "We've cleared some things up so I'm quite satisfied. Tomorrow we need to test one more tyre for the race as usual.

"This afternoon is was difficult to keep consistent times for more than a few laps. I was on a good lap at one point but got held up by another rider so I lost three tenths of a second on turn seven.

"Because now we only have one lap with qualifying tyres, it's really important that everyone pays attention to people trying to put in a hot lap."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA, Valentino Rossi

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