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Rossi leading the way in BMW M Award

Rossi leading the way in BMW M Award

World Champion Valentino Rossi leads the 2009 BMW M Award standings for best qualifier, just as he leads the MotoGP general classification.

With four rounds remaining in the 2009 MotoGP World Championship season Valentino Rossi could be set for double glory, with a 30 point lead in the general classification and a five point lead BMW M Award standings for best qualifier.

Having started four of the last five races in pole position Rossi has recently forged ahead of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the BMW M Award table, though the battle for supremacy between the Fiat Yamaha pair appears to be set to go right down to the wire.

Rossi allowed Lorenzo to take the BMW M Award advantage earlier in the season when he qualified off the front row at three consecutive rounds, Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello, but his qualifying form has been excellent since then and his overall record of six poles thus far in 2009 mean he is a worthy leader in the award standings.

Lorenzo, however, would also be a deserving winner of the award if he maintains his superb record of qualifying on the front row at every Grand Prix in 2009. He was unforgettably on pole in his MotoGP debut last year in Qatar and has headed the grid on four occasions this season – though his last 2009 pole was back at the beginning of July at Laguna Seca.

Behind the dominant factory Yamaha pair in the chase for the BMW M prize, trailing second placed Lorenzo by a considerable 70 point margin which means it is highly unlikely that he will be able to catch his front-running rivals, is Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. The rider from Barcelona boasts two poles thus far in ’09 and has been on the front row at the last four rounds, but his preseason injuries hampered him as he qualified down in 14th and 11th at the opening two rounds in Qatar and Japan.

A further 19 points behind Pedrosa is 2008 BMW M Award winner Casey Stoner who started the season big a bang when he took victory from pole at Qatar at round one. Obviously missing the last three Grands Prix has left him out of the running, but Stoner had only qualified off the front row twice this season before his illness.

In fifth place in the BMW M Award standings is Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards, who sits sixth in the World Championship after 13 rounds. Edwards has qualified in either fifth, sixth or seventh place for every race this year.

Behind Edwards is Andrea Dovizioso, who sits just above the Texan in the general MotoGP classification and has also failed to achieve a front row start in 2009, despite going close on several occasions.

MotoGP, 2009, Valentino Rossi

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