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bridgestones rocking, and rossi is riding like we know he should, lets see if he can break away this week, especially with all the top contenders a few spots back hell be looking to check out and conrol the race from the front with a couple second lead, there is no on better at it than him

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Rossi breaks pole drought at scorching Catalunya.

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi took his first pole position in eleven months at a scorching hot Catalunya today - after overcoming the exciting challenge of John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts Jr.

Prior to this afternoon, Rossi hadn't taken a pole position since last July's British Grand Prix - but was in confident form throughout the one-hour session on the outskirts of Barcelona.

The Italian superstar led for the first time with 19 minutes gone - before pole was briefly taken by home hero Dani Pedrosa, who in turn quickley lost out to Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano.

Nakano remained in charge until rookie team-mate Randy de Puniet replaced him at the top after 37 minutes, but the Japanese seized the position back just seconds later - raising the temperature in the Team Green pits still further.

The ZX-RR reign finally came to end when fellow Bridgestone backed rider Hopkins put his Rizla Suzuki on pole with the fastest lap of the weekend so far, but Rossi raised the bar to new heights with a new Circuit de Catalunya lap record with 13 minutes to go.

The Camel Yamaha star backed that up with a stunning 1min 41.855secs circulation, his eventual pole time, which was set with seven-minutes remaining and put him over half a second clear of the field. That gap would be reduced substantially, but never fully bridged.

But not because of a lack of effort: First Nakano jumped into second place then, in the very final minute, Hopkins - with his elbow dragging on the ground in trademark style - wrung every last ounce of speed from his GSV-R to lap just 0.129secs from Rossi.

That secured Hopper a well deserved second on the grid, while countryman and joint world championship leader Nicky Hayden slotted into third only to be knocked down a position by another American; Kenny Roberts Jr. KR Jr has been in front-running form on his father's Honda powered KR211V all weekend and has now rewarded the independent Banbury based outfit with their first front row start of the year.

Hayden, meanwhile, was clearly unhappy about something - on board footage showing the 2005 US GP winner waving his hand at someone, presumably for blocking. The Kentuckian's day then went from bad to worse as he lost fourth to an excellent performance from Suzuki rookie Chris Vermeulen, then fifth to Nakano and then sixth to Ducati's Loris Capirossi, who shares the championship lead with Hayden and who had leapt up from 12th on his very last lap.

Honda LCR rookie Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri - who fell in the closing stages after spinning off his Fortuna Honda - will start alongside Hayden on the third row of the grid, while de Puniet completes the top ten.

But where was Pedrosa? After leading three times during the first third of the session, Dani was just ninth as the final laps began - then amazingly went backwards to eleventh after failing to improve on his final run. Like team-mate Hayden, Pedrosa was also seen waving his hand in anger at an apparent block.

Also losing out badly in today's session were Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau; Edwards was left just 12th after unknown issues, while home rider Gibernau was unable to replicate team-mate Capirossi's last gasp surge on what looks like being a tough race for the Ducati Marlboro Team - despite the performances of fellow Bridgestone teams Suzuki and Kawasaki.
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lets see how long john hopkins can stay in the front group.
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It was bound to happen sooner or later, Rossi on pole at last
Awesome job Hopper & Roberts

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MotoGP : Rossi makes timely return to pole in Barcelona
Round: 7 - 2006 MotoGP Catalunya
Circuit: Catalunya
Date: 17 June 2006
Temp: 28C
Weather: Dry

Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi will line up in pole position for the first time in almost a year when the MotoGP World Championship riders take their place on the grid for the seventh round of the season at Catalunya tomorrow. The Italian has been in excellent form all weekend and after continuing yesterday's job to set his YZR-M1 up for the 25-lap race, he was able to concentrate fully on a burst of quick laps at the end of this afternoon's qualifying session. His fastest lap registered a new pole record of 1'41.855 and put him at the front of the MotoGP grid for the first time since the 2005 British Grand Prix last July.

Colin Edwards also followed up positive work on his two machines yesterday with further progress in the morning free practice, when he set the fourth fastest time on race tyres. However, slight changes to the setting of his bike and the extra grip offered by a softer rear tyre had a detrimental effect as he pushed for a quick lap time at the end of the qualifying session, the American eventually dropping to twelfth place on the grid as a host of riders posted one-off flying laps, despite not matching the consistency demonstrated by Edwards. Rossi will be joined on the front row by two of Edwards' compatriots, John Hopkins (Suzuki) and Kenny Roberts (Honda KR).

Valentino Rossi (1st - 1'41.855; 26 laps) "I am really, really happy - it is a big satisfaction to be back on pole after such a long time. The bike has been working really well all weekend and I have to say a big 'thank you' to everybody at Yamaha and all my engineers because they have worked so hard to build this new chassis and then make it work so well in such a short space of time. I said yesterday that we have been able to work in a normal way and this meant that today I was able to focus on finding a good setting for the qualifying tyre and putting some fast laps in at the end. It is the first time I have had this pleasure in a long time and to do it at this track is amazing because it is so much fun to ride here. There are some tough riders out there but I have a special feeling in front of these fans. They always treat me so well and I want to put on a good show for them tomorrow."

Colin Edwards (12th - 1'42.655; 26 laps) "I don't seem to be getting any kind of luck in qualifying lately. We haven't had so much time yet with the new chassis and unfortunately when I put the softer tyre on it kept folding the front end, so I couldn't push harder for a time and get the place on the grid that my pace would otherwise reflect. Also we made a couple of changes to the setting - nothing major, just a millimetre here or there - but it seemed to add to the extra force on the front so we perhaps would have been better sticking to what we found in the morning. Tomorrow we'll have to go backwards a little bit with the setting and no doubt we can go forwards a lot during the race!"

Davide Brivio - Camel Yamaha Team Director "Of course it is very nice to be back on pole but the most pleasing thing is to see the constant progression we have made with the bike from Le Mans to Mugello to here. To come off the back of that win in Italy to take pole here is a reflection of the excellent work the team has done with the bike and we hope that this situation is now the 'norm' until the end of the season. It will be a difficult race tomorrow and we are still not sure of the conditions, but we know we can be involved and it will be up to Valentino to keep fighting to the end, as he always does. Colin has a good race pace but he didn't manage to get the best out of the qualifying tyres at the end. He will have another fight on his hands over the first few laps so we will see what happens."

Carlos Checa (16th, 1'43.606, 29 laps)
."On race tyres we are stronger than we have ever been and during qualifying we did over 70% of the race distance to show that we now have the consistency. This is very positive but what is disappointing is the lack of performance in the qualifying tyres. We were doing the same times on the qualifying tyres as we managed on race tyres yesterday. After being 11th yesterday it is very disappointing because with qualifying tyres we should be able to go at least a second quicker...
On race tyres we can do 1.44s and this is the pace we can run at. If we can get a good start and maintain the lap times that we have done over the last two days on race tyres it should be a good race for us. I had the best race pace today I have ever had and we were able to maintain the same lap times so I am looking forward to having a good battle with a bunch of riders that are close to me.
When it was time for the qualifying tyres we tried three but none of them worked so we still have to work on this also. To be frustrated in this way is not the best way to understand the situation. Also on the race tyres we have found much more grip so we have to play around with the setup. To be just 1.2 seconds away from the leaders when everyone is on race tyres is very good for us but we have to improve the qualifying tyres so we may be able to get a better grid position and so be in a better place to battle with a big bunch of riders

James Ellison (18th 1'44.727, 25 laps)
"It hasn't been the best of days but at least - like Carlos - we are getting some consistency with the race tyres but it's pretty frustrating that our qualifying tyres aren't working too well so we drop down the field. Saying that I have a pretty good race pace and we know that we now have the Dunlop tyres that can last the distance." We are working very hard with Dunlop to come up with a solution and the hard work they have been putting in has been reflected with the improvement to the race tyres. Also we have found some improvements to the chassis and that is allowing me to ride the bike the way I like to ride. Now I can slide it and back it in with a lot more confidence that I have been able to do in previous races. Now that we have tested the tyres for almost an entire race distance it should bring us some better results."

Herve Poncharal - Tech3 Yamaha Team Director "A bit disappointing with the starting position as we definitely have to work on the qualifying tyre to get a better grid position. We were doing 43.6 Friday morning with a race tyre and we are 43.6 with a qualifying tyre on Saturday afternoon. Sure when we see what the opposition is doing there is a gap between race and qualifying tyres and we have to work on that. Having said that, I think we are the closest we have ever been on race tyres and race pace. We have been doing race distance this morning and again this afternoon with a high track temperature and we are very consistent in the low 44's. it wont be enough to be in front but I think for the first time if everything goes like we are planning we will have a race without any drop off in tyre performance where we can be all race long in the 44's and we will see where it will take us. I look forward to this race and I especially hope that our riders will be able to stay with other riders and we will have a nice battle through the race instead of seeing the others just disappear and just racing on our own. On this track that is a real distinct possibility. I am happy. I'm not happy with the grid position but if we get a good start I think we can carry a pretty good lap time for the whole race. We did 18 laps this afternoon on the one tyre and maintained the lap times and the race is 22 so I think we should be ok.

Round: 7 - 2006 MotoGP Catalunya
Circuit: Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4727
Lap Record: 1' 43.195 (Valentino Rossi, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 41.855 (Valentino Rossi, 2006)
Date: 17 June 2006
Temp: 28C

Session 1 :
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. 1st Qualifying
1 V. Rossi Yamaha ITA 1' 41.855
2 J. Hopkins Suzuki USA 1' 41.984
3 K. Roberts Team Roberts KR USA 1' 42.055
4 C. Vermeulen Suzuki AUS 1' 42.211
5 S. Nakano Kawasaki JPN 1' 42.216
6 L. Capirossi Ducati ITA 1' 42.247
7 N. Hayden Honda USA 1' 42.305
8 C. Stoner Honda AUS 1' 42.344
9 M. Melandri Honda ITA 1' 42.492
10 R. De Puniet Kawasaki FRA 1' 42.620
11 D. Pedrosa Honda ESP 1' 42.648
12 C. Edwards Yamaha USA 1' 42.655
13 S. Gibernau Ducati ESP 1' 42.712
14 T. Elias Honda ESP 1' 42.853
15 M. Tamada Honda JPN 1' 42.869
16 C. Checa Yamaha ESP 1' 43.606
18 J. Ellison Yamaha GBR 1' 44.727
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damn...where's junior?

he's been pulling for JR all season....might be his day!

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I'm here, and going ballistic, Jr and Hopper on the front row.


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