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Gibernau and Rossi battle it out for BMW Award

Gibernau and Rossi battle it out for BMW Award

Gibernau and Rossi battle it out for BMW Award

Sete Gibernau may have had a bad first two weeks in the 2005 MotoGP World Championship, between the clash with Rossi and crashing out at Estoril, but the Spanish rider currently tops the leader-board of the BMW Award, an award for best qualification times over the year.

As a separate title within the MotoGP World Championship, the award is a measure of the accumulation of the qualification times of each MotoGP rider throughout the year, including the official MotoGP test in Catalunya. In the case of an eventual draw, official winter test times can be brought in to establish a winner.

After two weeks of speculation and controversy, archrivals Sete Gibernau and Valentino Ross sit at the top of the leader-board, with Gibernau edging ahead by two tenths of a second.

The fierce competition between the two has seen a continual tussle for leadership. Rossi's pole position at Jerez gave him an initial half-second lead over Gibernau but a forth place qualification time at Estoril saw the Italian slide back and lose his first place standing to Gibernau. Being consistent, the Spaniard has taken second place in both qualifying practices so far.

Behind the Rossi-Gibernau battle, the gap is more than half a second. Next in line is Italian Marco Melandri, followed in forth by Nicky Hayden, exactly two seconds behind Gibernau. Alex Barros, who dominated last weekend at Estoril with fastest lap, pole position and the win, now sits in fifth place.

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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