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Sete Gibernau back on top in Shanghai

Sete Gibernau back on top in Shanghai

Sete Gibernau back on top in Shanghai

Sete Gibernau has finished fastest in the qualifying practice of the Taobao.com Grand Prix of China GP to put himself in pole position for tomorrows historic race.

Moving on from a turbulent and disappointing first few weeks of the season, Gibernau lapped the massive Chinese track in under two minutes to set a fastest lap of 1´59.710 ahead of transformed team-mate Marco Melandri who lapped 1´59.873 to be the only other rider to beat the two-minute mark; also meaning that Movistar Hondo MotoGP will occupy the first two grid positions tomorrow.

Loris Capirossi will complete the front row tomorrow. The Italian Ducati Marlboro Team rider clocked a fastest lap of 2´00.480 to put himself ahead of American John Hopkins (Team Suzuki MotoGP) who will head-up the second row.

Fellow American Nicky Hayden will also be in the second in fifth position ahead of reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi in sixth place, who finished more than a second slower than archrival Sete Gibernau. After Jerez, the Spaniard will be determined to capitalise on the situation.

Carlos Checa, although being fastest in the morning practice session, will be starting in seventh position on his Ducati. Toni Elias will be eighth on the Shanghai grid ahead of American Team Suzuki rider Kenny Roberts and Japanese Kawasaki Racing Team rider Shinya Nakano will complete the top ten.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, TAOBAO.COM GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, QP

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