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Chinese GP: Qualifying

Chinese GP: Qualifying

Chinese GP: Qualifying

Every week the Re-Live section will give you the opportunity to enjoy highlights of the 17 Grands Prix of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship season. On Saturdays you'll find all the best action from the free practice and qualifying sessions, and on Sundays the best moments from the races.

Sete Gibernau made history taking pole position in the first ever Chinese GP at Shanghai. Despite tremendous pressure from factory rivals including Ducati's Loris Capirossi and Suzuki youngster John Hopkins, Gibernau and his team-mate Marco Melandri posted a series of fast laps at the end of the qualifying session to seal the top two places on the starting grid.

Whilst second place for Melandri represented his best ever qualifying position and continued an excellent start to his first season with Honda, third place for Capirossi was enough to secure his first front row start of the year. Meanwhile, Hopkins narrowly missed out on the front row after being held up on a fast lap at the very end of the session but secured Suzuki's highest grid position of the year so far in fourth.

MotoGP, 2005

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