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Gibernau maintains lead in BMW trophy

Gibernau maintains lead in BMW trophy

Gibernau maintains lead in BMW trophy

Sete Gibernau has had few reasons to smile following his accident-strewn tour of Asia in which he failed to finish in both Japan and Malaysia and crashed out while leading in Qatar, ending up fifth.

However, the Movistar Honda MotoGP rider still managed to preserve his lead in the BMW Trophy – the competition to decide the quickest and most consistent qualifiers of the season. Gibernau goes into the final rounds of the season with a 1.399 second lead in the championship standings from closest rival, World Champion Valentino Rossi.

The Catalan rider qualified ahead of the Italian in Japan, Malaysia and Qatar and in doing so has strengthened his lead to almost a second and a half – his biggest advantage since the BMW-backed competition was launched at the official test in Catalunya back in pre-season.

Behind Gibernau and Rossi in the standings are Marco Melandri, some 4.255 seconds behind the Spaniard, and American Nicky Hayden who is 4.403 seconds back. The three consecutive poles secured by Loris Capirossi in Japan, Malaysia and Qatar have seen him jump up to fifth spot, although he is over seven seconds behind Gibernau.

Rossi took the title last year, and the superb vehicle from the German factory that accompanies it, edging out his fierce rival Gibernau by 0.963 seconds.

MotoGP, 2005

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