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Czech Republic GP: Practice

Czech Republic GP: Practice

Czech Republic GP: Practice

This week´s Re-Live goes back to last year´s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. On Saturday we get the inside track on the practice and qualifying, followed by the traditional Sunday feast of action from all three MotoGP races.

Sete Gibernau pulverised the pole position record at the Brno circuit to secure the front slot on the grid for the eleventh round of the MotoGP World Championship. After finishing second to Valentino Rossi in the series for the past two seasons, Gibernau had yet to win a race but his performance suggested that he was maybe ready to repeat his victory at the track from the previous year. The Spaniard lapped 1.265 seconds inside Rossi's previous pole record, clocking a best a time of 1'57.504, to hold off late challenges from his Yamaha rival, as well as Honda rider Nicky Hayden and Ducati's Loris Capirossi.

Rossi's final effort fell 0.371 seconds short of Gibernau's benchmark and wasn't even good enough for a front row position as Hayden and Capirossi took second and third place respectively. The series leader would start from the second row of the grid in fourth as he aimed to pick up the first of just two more victories that would guarantee the title for a fifth successive season. Capirossi again made a flying start to the day, clocking the fastest time in the morning free practice. Hayden, meanwhile, continued a run of excellent qualifying form that had seen him take pole position for two of the previous three rounds.

In 250cc, Fortuna Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo managed to demote Dani Pedrosa from provisional pole position by posting a new lap record in the final qualifying session. The Spaniard, who won on the Czech track in 2004 in the 125cc class, clocked a best lap of 2'02.261, beating Tetsuya Harada's 2001 pole record.

It was a tough battle for pole position between Lorenzo and Pedrosa, as the World Champion failed to reclaim the top spot by just 0.003s on his last lap. Aussie Casey Stoner qualified in third position ahead of 125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso.

Championship leader Thomas Lüthi clinched pole position in the final 125cc qualifying session. Lüthi would be joined on the front row by Mattia Pasini, who surpassed provisional pole holder Mika Kallio in the late stages of the session. The top 5 remained the same until the last ten minutes, but Kallio was unable to improve on his best time from the previous afternoon. That was also the case for his KTM team-mate Gabor Talmacsi, who was edged off the front row by Italian Marco Simoncelli.

MotoGP, 2006

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