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Ducati front two at Mugello with Gibernau on pole

Ducati front two at Mugello with Gibernau on pole

Ducati front two at Mugello with Gibernau on pole

Sete Gibernau took pole at Mugello today, and will head a Ducati one-two on the grid for the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice tomorrow afternoon. The Spaniard knocked two tenths off Valentino Rossi's 2005 pole time, and his 1'48.969 lap puts him alongside team-mate Loris Capirossi at his team's home circuit.

Rossi completes the front row, out for his fifth win in as many seasons at the Italian track. The reigning World Champion needs a win in Mugello in his quest to retain the crown, hoping to close the 43 point gap between him and Nicky Hayden. The American rider himself will line up on the second row, ahead of Shinya Nakano and second-placed rider Marco Melandri.

John Hopkins continues was just outside the top six, with Dani Pedrosa behind him after claiming pole in the previous two races. Casey Stoner and Makoto Tamada completed the top ten.

GP d'Italia Alice
MotoGP - QP

1. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'48.969
2. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'49.058
3. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'49.167
4. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'49.212
5. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'49.328
6. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'49.343
7. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'49.478
8. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'49.516
9. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 1'49.915
10. Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta 1'50.084


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