In MotoGP, things move at the speed of light, and the German GP as the Sachsenring, was not exception. After setting the fastest lap time on Friday's qualifying session, joint championship leader Sete Gibernau was not able to keep his position on the starting grid for tomorrow's GP.
Gibernau was only able to improve three tenths of a second on his Friday time, which got the Spaniard into the high 1:22 second range. However, this was only enough to place him in fourth position on the grid.
The man of the day was Max Biaggi, who set a blistering lap time of 1:22.756 to rightfully take first place on the grid. Next to him, will be joint-championship leader and current world champion, Valentino Rossi.
Though Rossi was a tenth slower than Biaggi, his improvement between Friday and Saturday qualifying was eight tenths of a second, with a time of 1:22.840. Rounding up the front row will be American Kenny Roberts Jr., aboard the GSV-R Suzuki. Robert's qualifying is well welcomed, as this season is proving to be one of the most competitive and diverse seasons we have seen in years.
Shinya Nakano will sit on the second row, next to Gibernau, in fifth place. On the other side of Nakano will be Alex Barros, aboard the Repsol-HRC V5.
Farther back, in third row, Carols Checa will lead. Checa will be followed Ducati Corse rider, Troy Bayliss. Nicky Hayden was not able to improve on his Friday qualifying time of 1:23.453 and will sit at the end of the third row.
The Sachsenring is a small, kart-like track, not very popular with MotoGP riders. However, the little track always brings us lots of excitement. Stay tuned to find out what it will bring us in 2004.