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Malaysian GP: Practice

Malaysian GP: Practice

Malaysian GP: Practice

The 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix was the setting for Valentino Rossi´s seventh World title win. An historic occasion, the MotoGP channel gives you a chance to relive the event once again from the comfort of your desk.

Today we take a look at the qualifying in Sepang, whilst Sunday´s presentation features all three World Championship races in Malaysia.

In MotoGP, Loris Capirossi took his second pole position in just seven days as he stormed to the top of the time sheets once more in the single qualifying session. Capirossi's time of 2'01.731 was a new pole record at the Sepang circuit and signified a repeat of his grid position from the previous round at Motegi. The Ducati rider was again joined on the front row by Suzuki's John Hopkins on another memorable day for tyre manufacturers Bridgestone, who took five of the top seven positions.

Sete Gibernau was the fastest Michelin rider of the day, breaking the Bridgestone hegemony with the second fastest time on the Honda and securing a front row start between Capirossi and Hopkins. Kawasaki rider Shinya Nakano equalled his best qualifying performance of the season to clinch fourth place and head up the second row ahead of Kenny Roberts and Nicky Hayden, who dislodged Valentino Rossi with his final lap. Rossi would have the chance to mathematically take the title in the following day´s race.

In 250cc, just six days after taking his maiden win at Motegi, Hiroshi Aoyama was back on top at Sepang, clinching pole position in the final qualifying practice.

Aoyama and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa, the reigning quarter-litre class champion and current series leader, relegated provisional pole holder Alex de Angelis to third as the San Marinese rider was unable to improve his qualifying time in the final session. Casey Stoner completed the front row.

Argentine Sebastian Porto was fifth fastest, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, Randy de Puniet and Héctor Barberá. Sylvain Guintoli and Simone Corsi made up the top 10.

Thomas Lüthi grabbed his third pole position of the season in the 125cc class. The Swiss youngster clocked a best lap of 2'14.546 in the early stages of the session and remained unchallenged until the chequered flag. Second fastest was Italian Mattia Pasini, who had qualified on the front row for the last four races, but only scored 11 points in that period. Gabor Talmacsi was the fastest KTM rider with third on the grid, just ahead of team-mate Mika Kallio.

MotoGP, 2006

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