Saturday, October 14, 2006

MotoGP Estoril Qualifying: Rossi on pole

Valentino Rossi took pole position for tomorrow's race, and alongside him was his Yamaha teammate Colin Edwards. Nicky Hayden took 3rd spot on the grid, with Pedrosa, Stoner and Hopkins lining up on the 3rd row.
Stoner had been running at the front of the field, but the baby-faced little Aussie couldn't maintain his advantage on qualifying tyres. Late in the session, Stoner slowed to allow some faster riders past, but badly misjudged it and ended up trundling along on the apex of a corner that Dani was attacking at full speed. The tiny Spaniard was furious at being baulked, gesticulating wildly in a way that we just don't expect from him. Stoner visited the Repsol Honda garage to admit his mistake in person, and the two rookies parted with a handshake.
Marco Melandri could only manage 15th place, struggling with a badly bruised knee that he sustained in a crash yesterday.
Tomorrow's race looks to be a good one. Rossi and Hayden are both up at the sharp end of the grid, separated by Edwards. Could the Texan Tornado be the joker in the pack?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well I am sure that Colin has not forgot the outcome of his last dicing with Hayden, so if the bike is up to the game you can bet that Nicky is going to have hard time with the Texan guy