Gibernau takes French GP pole position

Gibernau takes French GP pole position

The Spaniard and championship points-leader, Sete Gibernau, will start from pole position at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Friday saw America leading the time sheets, but on Saturday, this honor was bestowed upon Spain. Sete ...

The Spaniard and championship points-leader, Sete Gibernau, will start from pole position at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Friday saw America leading the time sheets, but on Saturday, this honor was bestowed upon Spain.

Sete Gibernau.
Photo by Richard Sloop.
Gibernau is on a career high, after taking a magnificent wet victory at the Jerez GP almost two weeks ago. Jerez's victory, meant Sete bumped off reigning World Champion, Valentino Rossi, from the points lead.

Rossi's teammate, Carlos Checa, took the second spot of the grid, a little over one tenth behind Sete. The Roman Emperor, Max Biaggi, completed the front row. As proof of how tight and competitive the field is this year, Biaggi was only four thousandths of a second behind Checa.

Rossi would have qualified in the first row if the rules had not changed, but they have, so he will lead the second row tomorrow at Le Mans. The Doctor, qualified well, less than three tenths behind Sete. Friday's provisional pole sitter, Colin Edwards, had problems improving. But his Friday time was good enough to give him fifth place, behind Rossi. Former 250cc World Champion, Marco Melandri, completed the second row of the grid, half a second behind Gibernau.

Valentino Rossi.
Photo by Gauloises Racing.

American Nicky Hayden, like Edwards, had problems improving on his Friday time. Hayden will lead the third row, while Camel rider, Makoto Tamada will be sandwiched between Hayden and Loris Capirossi.

Troy Bayliss qualified 10th, in front of HRC rider, Alex Barros. Shinya Nakano rounded up the fourth row.

The weather looks to remain the same, which means, for the first time in two seasons, we may be in line for a dry Le Mans race.

Starting grid

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