Friday, March 09, 2007

MotoGP: Rossi Tops Qatar Qualifying

Valentino Rossi took pole for Saturdays Qatar GP by just 0.005 seconds from Ducati's Casey Stoner. Colin Edwards took 3rd, with Toni Elias 4th, Dani Pedrosa 5th and John Hopkins taking the final spot on the 2nd row. Reigning world champ Nicky Hayden could only manage 10th, and Marco Melandri was 9 places behind his team-mate in 13th.
The two Yamahas look to be on outstanding form, having also set very quick times on race tyres.
Casey Stoner took pole position at Qatar last year, and was hugely impressive as he came within a hairsbreadth of taking another today on his new Ducati.
Amazingly, Toni Elias was the quickest Honda, following Edwards closely to set his quick time.
Jeremy McWilliams ended the session with a high speed highside. He did not appear to be badly hurt, but his condition is not yet known. He finished second last on the timesheet, just in front of his team-mate Andrew Pitt.

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