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Vermeulen takes first dry pole at Laguna Seca

Vermeulen takes first dry pole at Laguna Seca

Vermeulen takes first dry pole at Laguna Seca

Chris Vermeulen took his second pole position of the season today at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca under rather different conditions to that under which he took his first, braving scorching heat approaching the mid 40s to put himself at the head of the grid for tomorrow's Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Rizla Suzuki's Australian rookie clocked a 1'23.168 lap for his first dry MotoGP pole, just ahead of home rider Colin Edwards. The Camel Yamaha man was himself hotly pursued by fellow American Kenny Roberts Jr, who had been fastest yesterday in both practice sessions.

The second row will be headed by Laguna Seca newcomer Dani Pedrosa, alongside U.S. representatives John Hopkins and Nicky Hayden. The latter was victorious last year and enters the race as World Championship leader, but will have a tough fight on his hands tomorrow as he looks to extend his advantage.

Despite going off track at the notoriously testing Corkscrew section of the track, Casey Stoner was still within half a second of Vermeulen as he put himself on row three, ahead of Shinya Nakano, Marco Melandri and Valentino Rossi.

Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
MotoGP - QP

1. Chris Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki 1'23.168
2. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'23.321
3. Kenny Roberts jr. - Team Roberts 1'23.420
4. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'23.490
5. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'23.498
6. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'23.536
7. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 1'23.651
8. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'23.656
9. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'23.750
10. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'24.047


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