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Rossi also maintaining BMW trophy superiority

Rossi also maintaining BMW trophy superiority

Rossi also maintaining BMW trophy superiority

The awesome lap set by Valentino Rossi on Saturday at Donington Park – his time was two seconds faster than the record of last year – has positioned the World Champion in ‘pole position' for the 2004 BMW Trophy. Rossi leads Sete Gibernau by 0.783 seconds from the qualifying sessions accumulated over the ten Grand Prix so far this season.

The contest, sponsored by BMW, has largely mirrored the Rider's standings with the emphasis falling on the Italian and the Spaniard. Rossi has been fronting the competition since the start of the season and remained out front until the race at Mugello. The Italian Grand Prix saw Gibernau leap to the number one spot over his former Honda rival for the first time since Rossi established himself at the top of the table at the beginning of the 2003 campaign.

Rossi regained the advantage at the Gauloises Grand Prix of Holland, where he scored one of the four poles he has totalled so far this season, and from there has been scratching away tenths from the Catalan even though the gap has never risen to more than a second.

The tussle between Rossi and Gibernau has seen the duo pull away from their qualifying ‘rivals'. Max Biaggi lies 6.054 seconds behind in third. The Roman leads Nicky Hayden thanks to his pole in Germany and retains a gap of 0.321 seconds over the American. Carlos Checa, in fifth, is the last rider to remain within the seven second bracket of the leader.

The BMW Trophy offers a top of the range car – the 645C1 model – as its prize to the rider who clocks the best qualifying time after all 16 Grand Prix, also taking into account the laps registered at the Catalunya Official Test last March.

MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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