After enjoying mainly dry GPs in 2004, rain hit the first GP of the second part of the season. Carlos Checa, aboard the "works" Yamaha M1, led most of today's qualifying session and ended up fastest at Brno. With today being a fully wet session,...
After enjoying mainly dry GPs in 2004, rain hit the first GP of the second part of the season. Carlos Checa, aboard the "works" Yamaha M1, led most of today's qualifying session and ended up fastest at Brno. With today being a fully wet session, lap times remained relatively high; Checa's best being a 2:11.188.
However today was full of surprises. For example, Troy Bayliss returned to race-challenging ways, qualifying second to Checa; only seven tenths behind the Spaniard (2:11.969). Though not a big surprise, considering he's one of the best rain riders in the current paddock, Sete Gibernau qualified third, four tenths behind Bayliss.
The second Ducati Corse rider, Loris Capirossi, reflected the improvements Ducati has done to the GP4. Capirossi qualified fourth, a half a second behind Gibernau. Next to Capirossi is Brazilian Alex Barros, aboard the V5 Honda. Barros was a farther half a second behind Capirossi. Perhaps one of the bigger surprises of today was Kurtis Roberts qualifying sixth, one spot ahead of Valentino Rossi and two spots ahead of his more experienced brother, Kenny Roberts. Ruben Xaus, aboard a newly painted D'Antin Ducati, qualified ninth.
The rest of the Americans did not fair as well. Colin Edwards only qualified 11th, Nicky Hayden, who was using the new exhaust and engine configuration debuted by Alex Barros a couple of months ago, only qualified 15th. The last of the Americans was John Hopkins who qualified 18th.
Last but not least, championship contender Max Biaggi had a horrible day, only managing 16th place. This was odd, as he was the only non-HRC works rider to be seen using the new exhaust and engine configuration.