Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Gibernau launches season revival at Brno

Sete Gibernau pulverised the pole position record at the Brno circuit to secure
the front slot on the grid for Sunday's eleventh round of the MotoGP World
Championship in front of a packed crowd in the Czech Republic today. After
finishing second to Valentino Rossi in the series for the past two seasons
Gibernau has yet to win a race this season but his performance in hot and sunny
conditions this afternoon suggested that he may be ready to repeat his victory
at this track from one year ago and final ignite a stuttering campaign. The
Spaniard lapped 1.265 seconds inside Rossi's previous pole record, clocking a
best a time of 1'57.504 to hold off late challenges from his Yamaha rival, as
well as Honda rider Nicky Hayden and Ducati's Loris Capirossi.

"That was a difficult day but I think we're doing a good job in the team and
with Michelin," said Gibernau. "Here at Brno the races are always very long and
it's difficult to get away - there are always a lot of people at the front of
the race. There are lots of places to pass and overtake, many things can happen
on the last lap, in last corner, and we'll have to watch for that. Loris and
Nicky are very fast so it will be close."

Rossi's final effort fell 0.371 seconds short of Gibernau's benchmark time and
wasn't even good enough for a front row position as Hayden and Capirossi took
second and third place respectively. The series leader will start from the
second row of the grid in fourth as he aims to pick up the first of just two
more victories that would guarantee the title for the fifth successive season.
Capirossi again made a flying start to the day, clocking the fastest time in the
morning free practice as he had done yesterday before challenging for top spot
throughout the afternoon. Hayden, meanwhile, continued a run of excellent
qualifying form that had seen him take pole position for two of the previous
three rounds.

Marco Melandri will aim to hold off Gibernau for second place in the
championship from the second row of the grid. The Italian youngster lies just
one point ahead of his Honda team-mate, 120 points adrift of Rossi in the
current standings, and he will aim to defend that position from fifth place at a
circuit where he has already celebrated victory on three occasions in the minor
categories. Carlos Checa qualified sixth fastest to seal the final spot on the
second row and complete an encouraging day for Ducati.

Lap record holder Alex Barros will launch his charge from the third row of the
grid after qualifying seventh fastest ahead of American riders John Hopkins and
Colin Edwards. Behind them, Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano complete a list of
eleven riders to have lapped within a single second of Gibernau's pole time,
ensuring close racing all the way through the order tomorrow. Jeremy McWilliams
will make his first MotoGP appearance of the season for Proton Team KR after
qualifying in 22nd place despite only completing three laps in this afternoon's
session before suffering from technical problems.

Jorge Lorenzo continued his quest to take the challenge to 250cc World Champion
Dani Pedrosa in the second half of the season after a stunning surge to smash
Tetsuya Harada's quarter-litre pole record, which had stood since 2001. Lorenzo
followed up the fastest time in the morning free practice with a new record time
of 2'02.261 in the afternoon to hold off Pedrosa by just 0.003 seconds. Casey
Stoner, who trails Pedrosa by 50 points in the current championship standings,
qualified third fastest and is joined on the front row of the grid by reigning
125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso, who finished second to Lorenzo in a
thrilling race in the smaller category last season.

Current series leader Thomas Luthi took his second pole position of the season
in final qualifying for tomorrow's 125cc race, lapping just 0.032 seconds
quicker than Mattia Pasini. Mika Kallio and his KTM team-mate Gabor Talmacsi
failed to improve their lap times today after provisionally taking the front two
slots on the grid yesterday, with Kallio slipping to third place and Talmacsi
dropping to the second row after a late effort from Marco Simoncelli that sealed

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