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Rossi takes 31st premier class pole in Catalunya

Rossi takes 31st premier class pole in Catalunya

Rossi takes 31st premier class pole in Catalunya

A rider with a history of success at the Circuit de Catalunya, Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow's crucial race at the head of the field, taking the 31st premier class pole of his illustrious career. The Camel Yamaha rider justified his position as the favourite for tomorrow's Grand Premi Cinzano de Catalunya by storming round the track with a time of 1'41.855, the fastest time that he has ever ridden in Montmelo. The early stages of the qualifying session saw Rossi take a trip onto the grass, before he came back to take the spectacular pole.

Second place on the grid goes to John Hopkins, the Suzuki rider also breaking the 1'42 barrier on a great day for the team.

Another rider delighted with his qualifying performance will be Kenny Roberts Jr, one of the most prominent riders during the previous sessions at the Catalunya Track. The American former World Champion takes his first front row start since Donington 2004, third on the grid.

Chris Vermeulen earned his best dry weather qualifying position of 2006, putting two Suzuki bikes in the first five. Shinya Nakano continued his fine run of qualifying form with a fifth position on the Kawasaki.

Championship leader Loris Capirossi rounds off the second row for tomorrow's race, ahead of closest rival Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and late crasher Marco Melandri on row 3. French rider Randy de Puniet completes the top ten ahead of home rider Dani Pedrosa.

GP Cinzano de Catalunya
MotoGP - Qualifying Session

1. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'41.855
2. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'41.984
3. Kenny Roberts jr - Team KR 1'42.055
4. Chris Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki 1'42.211
5. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'42.216
6. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'42.247
7. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'42.305
8. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 1'42.344
9. Marco Melandri - FOrtuna Honda 1'42.492
10. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 1'42.620

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, QP

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