Edwards tops test pole

Published: 04 March 2006

The final day of MotoGP testing split in to three sections with John Hopkins, Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau taking a session each.

The day was spoiled by wet weather which kept the times slower than the previous days leaving Valentino Rossi with the fastest time of the test, but it was his team-mate Colin Edwards who came off best taking home a new BMW after topping the timed qualifying practice session. Join the MCN Fantasy Road Race for just £5 John Hopkins and Rossi were dominating the qualifying, trading places at the top of the table but both riders crashed out of the wet session within minutes of each other leaving the way clear for Edwards to take pole.

Hopkins still left his mark though, taking the fastest lap in the morning free practice while the afternoon free practice went to Sete Gibernau’s Ducati.

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First practice session:

John Hopkins 1:43.885

Sete Gibernau 1:44.098

Carlos Checa 1:44.202

Randy De Puniet 1:44.482

Colin Edwards 1:44.534

Shinya Nakano 1:44.817

Loris Capirossi 1:44.924

Nicky Hayden 1:44.954

Marco Melandri 1:44.972

Daniel Pedrosa 1:45.228

Kenny Roberts 1:45.253

Toni Elias 1:46.099

Chris Vermeulen 1:46.252

Alex Hofmann 1:46.434

Makoto Tamada 1:46.612

James Ellison 1:46.696

Jose Luis Cardoso 1:48.101

Vittoriano Guareschi 1:49.109

Qualifying practice:

Colin Edwards 1:57.102

Nicky Hayden 1:58.921

Valentino Rossi 1:59.360

James Ellison 1:59.619

Chris Vermeulen 2:00.001

Marco Melandri 2:00.218

Kenny Roberts 2:00.225

Carlos Checa 2:00.551

John Hopkins 2:00.621

Randy De Puniet 2:01.249

Shinya Nakano 2:02.177

Makoto Tamada 2:02.197

Alex Hofmann 2:04.003

Loris Capirossi 2:05.073

Toni Elias 2:05.961

Sete Gibernau 2:06.724

Jose Luis Cardoso 2:06.846

Daniel Pedrosa 2:07.326

Vittoriano Guareschi 5:13.977

Second free practice session:

Sete Gibernau 1:56.355

Colin Edwards 1:56.449

Kenny Roberts 1:57.508

James Ellison 1:57.899

Carlos Checa 1:58.589

Loris Capirossi 1:59.560

Toni Elias 2:00.209

Tadayuki Okada 2:03.912

Jose Luis Cardoso 2:05.468

Vittoriano Guareschi 2:06.455