Gibernau stamps rain mystery to grab Czech GP pole

The rain master, Sete "the fish" Gibernau, took wet pole position for tomorrow's Czech Republic GP at Brno. MotoGP riders may be Gods to us, but not to a lady named weather. Lady weather, much like yesterday, played tricks on the MotoGP paddock...

The rain master, Sete "the fish" Gibernau, took wet pole position for tomorrow's Czech Republic GP at Brno. MotoGP riders may be Gods to us, but not to a lady named weather.

Lady weather, much like yesterday, played tricks on the MotoGP paddock once again. As if knowing grid positions would not come from practice, she decided to let it be dry. John Hopkins who struggled with rain yesterday (and coincidently was also fastest in Friday practice) was fastest. Hopkins was followed by Valentino Rossi, Kenny Roberts Jr., Colin Edwards, Alex Barros, Makoto Tamada, Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa, Nicky Hayden and Loris Capirossi.

But this was practice, and practice does not qualify you for the GP. By 2:00pm, rain was back, just in time for qualifying.

Gibernau, as expected, went fastest in the wet with a time of 2:09.782. Repsol-HRC rider, Barros, followed closely, only three tenths behind. The surprise of the day however, was Rossi's qualifying time, a little over half a second behind "the fish" Gibernau. This is the first time Rossi has been able to place the M1 anywhere near the top in the wet, which is an indication of how far he's brought the Yamaha along.

Troy Bayliss may not have been able to go fast in today's dry practice, but the wet allowed Bayliss to cement his authority in fourth, leading the second row. Next to him is his good friend/enemy, Edwards, a tenth behind Bayliss. Rounding up the second row will be provisional pole holder, Checa, who was not able to improve on his Friday time.

Hayden will lead the third row, followed by Biaggi and Capirossi.

Weather is expected to change again by tomorrow. The forecast indicates for a dry GP, but after today's weather changes, rain should not come as a surprise.

Stay tuned for a full race report.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Troy Bayliss , Colin Edwards , Alex Barros , Kenny Roberts , John Hopkins , Makoto Tamada