Hayden on German pole
Nicky Hayden has taken his second pole position of the season after the qualifying session for the German GP.
The American Repsol Honda rider set the best lap of 1:22.785 on his last lap of the session.
Movistar Honda rider Sete Gibernau held the pole for most of th eclosing minutes of the session but he couldn’t quite match Hayden on his final lap.
Alex Barros, who set the best lap on Friday, looked as though he might of chalenged for the top spot until he crashed his third bike of the weekend and had to settle for third place on the grid.
World champion Valentino Rossi managed to put in a last ditch attempt to improve from Friday’s 13th place but he couldn’t manage any higher than fourth after struggling for grip on his Yamaha.
Marco Melandri, who set the fastest lap in the morning practice takes fifth followed by the second Repsol Honda, Max Biaggi.
Sunday’s race will also see the first use of GPS location systems in MotoGP. Four riders will be using the system which will be transformed in to TV graphics to show exactly where the riders are on the track at any time.
Brit Shane Byrne will be using a transponder in the hump of his leathers while Rossi, Colin Edwards and Hayden will all be using bike mounted transponders.
Racing begins earlier than usual on Sunday at 11:30am UK time.
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