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Valencia GP: Practice

Valencia GP: Practice

Valencia GP: Practice

In the final installment of the MotoGP Channel's ReLive section, we head to the 2005 season finale in Valencia. With the title already decided, the race for second place was still wide open in the MotoGP category, and riders were looking to end the 17 race series on a high. Today we bring you action from the qualifying sessions in all three categories, ahead of tomorrow's race revision.

Movistar Honda's Sete Gibernau took pole position after setting a new lap record at the Cheste circuit in The Spaniard posted a best time of 1'31.874, beating the pole record set by Valentino Rossi in 2003 by 0.604s, to clinch his fifth pole of the season and also the BMW Award - MotoGP Best Qualifier 2005.

The front row of the grid was a carbon copy of the one seen a fortnight earlier 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 was celebrating his swansong with the Ducati Marlboro team, and he clinched fourth spot of the ahead of Italian veteran Max Biaggi. Colin Edwards was the fastest 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 get back to his box in time for a final run-out on the spare bike, but couldn't get higher than 15th.

Dani Pedrosa appeared determined to leave the quarter litre class in style after taking pole position for with a stunning performance. The Movistar Honda rider first demoted provisional pole setter Casey Stoner and later fought back in the last minutes of the session when Hector Barbera and Alex de Angelis moved ahead of him. With a fastest lap of 1'35.298, Pedrosa was the third Spanish rider of the day to clinch pole position with a new lap record after Sete Gibernau and Sergio Gadea had both done so in the MotoGP and 125cc classes respectively.

Hector Barbera produced his best qualifying result of his rookie year in the 250cc class, securing his first front row start with the second best time. Behind the two Honda riders, San Marino's Alex de Angelis qualified in third on his Aprilia, while fourth fastest was Barbera's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. Andrea Dovizioso, who had sealed the 'Rookie of the Year' award, took fifth on the grid ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama. Australian rider Stoner crashed in the early stages of the session and failed to improve on his provisional pole time set on Friday afternoon. He would start from seventh, with Yuki Takahashi completing the second row.

Local hero Sergio Gadea clinched pole position in the 125cc category, beating Mattia Pasini by just three thousandths of a second on his last flying lap.

Provisional pole holder Pasini was quickly demoted from top spot and only improved on his time in the last third of the session. The Italian moved to the top of the times screens after his last qualifying run only to be bettered by Gadea a few moments later. Mika Kallio was relegated to third by the Spaniard and the Italian after spending most of the session in first spot - the Finn still had a very remote chance of beating Thomas Lüthi to the 125cc crown. The Swiss youngster qualified in fourth just 0.095s adrift of his rival needing just three points from the race.

The second row of the grid would be headed by Fabrizio Lai, fifth fastest ahead of Héctor Faubel and German rookie Sandro Cortese, while Gabor Talmacsi secured eighth. Tomy Koyama was ninth quickest, followed by Istanbul winner Mike di Meglio, who completes the top ten.

MotoGP, 2006

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