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French GP: Qualifying

French GP: Qualifying

French GP: Qualifying

Every week the Re-Live section gives 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. This week, goes back to Le Mans, in France, which staged the fourth round of the MotoGP World Championship in May.

Valentino Rossi snatched pole position from team-mate Colin Edwards in what was a dramatic finale to qualifying. With sunshine breaking through and drying the track after a wet morning practice, the teams and riders worked frenetically throughout the one-hour session to find a race set-up for the fourth round of the championship.

It was only the second dry practice of the weekend and the riders left it as late as possible before switching to their qualifying tyres, providing a nail-biting end to the session. Marco Melandri, Sete Gibernau, Nicky Hayden and Shinya Nakano all made strong challenges for pole position but were upstaged by a virtuoso performance from the Yamaha pair, with Edwards moving to the top of the time sheets before being dislodged by a new pole record of 1'33.226 from the World Champion.

MotoGP, 2005

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