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Rossi holds slim advantage in chase for BMW

Rossi holds slim advantage in chase for BMW

Rossi holds slim advantage in chase for BMW

Whilst Max Biaggi holds a slim chance of winning the MotoGP World Championship with just five rounds remaining, the quest for the BMW Award – 2004 MotoGP Best Qualifier is clearly a two-horse race.

With Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau over seven seconds clear of the Italian at the top of the standings, it seems only injury or illness will prevent one of the pair from driving home from the last round at Valencia in a BMW 645Ci.

With the classification decided by the riders' accumulated qualifying times at each Grand Prix, as well as their best effort from a timed session during the Official Test back in March, Rossi leads the way but only by 0.126 seconds from Gibernau.

Rossi led the standings for the opening five races but was usurped by a stunning pole position record by Gibernau at Mugello. Rossi regained control two rounds later at Assen but eighth on the grid at Rio and third for the Italian at Brno, where Gibernau was again on pole, have allowed the Spaniard to close the gap.

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MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, Valentino Rossi

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