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Gibernau leads chase for BMW

Gibernau leads chase for BMW

Gibernau leads chase for BMW

With five rounds of the BMW Award – 2004 MotoGP Best Qualifier gone, series leader Sete Gibernau remains favourite for the prize of a BMW 645Ci at the end of the season. The award will given to the rider with the lowest accumulated qualifying times over the sixteen rounds of the season, as well as the 45-minute official session during the Official Test at Catalunya in March, and Gibernau now holds a 0.466 second advantage over nearest challenger Valentino Rossi, winner of last year's prize.

Rossi led the classification in the early stages, setting the quickest time at Catalunya to clinch the added bonus of a BMW Z8 before taking pole position in the opening two rounds at Welkom and Jerez. However, Gibernau has set pole for all three races since then to open up a clear advantage at the top of the standings.

Meanwhile, two consecutive front row starts for Nicky Hayden move the young American up to third place ahead of Max Biaggi, with a 0.604 second advantage over the Italian but still trailing Rossi by 2.378 seconds.


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