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Gibernau takes home pole in record time

Gibernau takes home pole in record time

Gibernau takes home pole in record time

Movistar Honda´s Sete Gibernau will take the start of the last race of the season from pole position after setting a new lap record at the Cheste circuit in Saturday´s afternoon qualifying session. The Spaniard has posted the best time in 1´31.874, beating the pole record set by Valentino Rossi in 2003 by 0.604s, to clinch his fifth pole of the season but also the BMW Award - MotoGP Best Qualifier 2005.

The front row of the grid is a carbon copy of the one seen a fortnight ago in Turkey, with Gibernau heading an all-Honda top 3 completed by his team-mate Marco Melandri and Repsol Honda´s Nicky Hayden.

Carlos Checa looks set for a strong performance on his swansong with the Ducati Marlboro team, as he clinched the fourth spot of the grid, ahead of Italian veteran Max Biaggi. Colin Edwards was the best Yamaha rider of the session with the sixth fastest lap, while his Yamaha Factory Racing team-mate Valentino Rossi crashed with just ten minutes to go in the session. The MotoGP World Champion was able to join his garage in time for a final run on his spare bike, but couldn´t get higher than 15th.

On the second Ducati Marlboro Demosedici, Loris Capirossi qualified on seventh, ahead of Camel Honda´s Alex Barros and Shinya Nakano riding the Kawasaki. Makoto Tamada, who turned 29 on Friday, was tenth. In eleventh, Suzukis John Hopkins was the last rider to have lapped under one second outside of the pole position time.


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