Aussie rookie Chris Vermeulen grabbed the pole position for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, eleventh round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) that is taking place at the Laguna Seca circuit in Monterey, California. Home...
Aussie rookie Chris Vermeulen grabbed the pole position for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, eleventh round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) that is taking place at the Laguna Seca circuit in Monterey, California.
Home country racers Colin Edwards and Kenny Roberts Jr. completed the front row for tomorrow`s competition.
Vermeulen set 1.23:168 with the Rizla Suzuki to take his second pole position of the season after the one he achieved in Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix.
"I'm a bit faster than I was a few years ago here, I've already won here twice in 2004 in Superbikes and this year the Suzuki and Bridgestones seem to be good here", commented Vermeulen after his achievement.
The Aussie knows that the race day has been the most difficult challenge for Suzuki this season. "There's a lot of laps in the race though, and there's 14 or 15 riders who are all in with a shot tomorrow. I really enjoy this track and hope I can get a good result", he said.
Edwards put his Yamaha M1 in second 0.153 adrift the Australian in his last shot after 28 laps which he used during the session.
"I'm looking forward to racing here, I think it's pretty obvious that the bike is fast through the first three sections and then we just tail off. The team have been working so hard for this race, trying out all sorts of stuff", Edwards stated.
Former World Champion Roberts Jr. put the KR211V powered by Honda in third place, 0.252 from the pole.
"I wanted a front row today, but I have to say that it's a bit disappointing after having such a good advantage with the settings yesterday. We couldn't translate that to today, and we struggled with the soft grip tyres. I 'm sure that on race tyres we can do a good job", mentioned Roberts Jr., who has a podium this season in Catalunya.
Two times winner this season Dani Pedrosa will open the second row, followed by John Hopkins and standings leader, Nicky Hayden, winner of this event in 2005.
Top ten places were filled by Casey Stoner in seventh, right in front of Shinya Nakano, Marco Melandri and current World Champion, Valentino Rossi, who ended far from the pole, at 0.879.
Tomorrow at 14.00 local time in California will start the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Seca, one of the most beautiful and challenging circuits of the calendar.