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Rossi on pole at Sepang.

Randy de Puniet improved to eighth on day two for Honda LCR, with Colin Edwards - who had complained about a lack of engine performance from his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 on Friday - only ninth.

The good news for Edwards was that factory Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, whom Edwards is battling for fifth in the championship, was only eleventh, behind Gresini's Alex de Angelis.

Aleix Espargaro, riding in place of the injured Niccolo Canepa during his third Pramac Ducati appearance of the season, advanced from 17th and last on Friday to 14th on Saturday morning and then 13th in qualifying - just one place behind permanent Pramac rider Mika Kallio.

Chris Vermeulen will start his penultimate race for Suzuki from a lowly 14th, with Hayate's Marco Melandri (who, unlike most of the field, did not test at Sepang in the winter) 15th.

Tech 3's James Toseland - who had expected to rise up the order with a 'fresh' engine - a disastrous 16th, ahead of only Gabor Talmacsi (Scot Honda).

Qualifying:

1. Rossi
2. Lorenzo
3. Pedrosa
4. Stoner
5. Capirossi
6. Elias
7. Hayden
8. de Puniet
9. Edwards
10. de Angelis
11. Dovizioso
12. Kallio
13. Espargaro
14. Vermeulen
15. Melandri
16. Toseland
17. Talmacsi



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Klangst... - Unregistered

October 24, 2009 8:50 AM

He is a Legend. Say what you want about the guy, but the FACTS are on his side. Fanboy's, haters... you both need to be kept in check. Just shutup everyone and watch and enjoy while he's still around. I remember my earlier years hating Michael Jordan cause he was 'too good'. Now that he's gone, looking back... I wish I wasn't such a hater. I missed out on witnessing one of the greatest of all time. A lot of you will feel the same in a few years after he retires. Thing's won't be 'the same'. Go Rossi! Just be who you always were...

Raceface

October 24, 2009 8:58 AM

The FACTS are he is the greatest and when all the young guns think they are wearing him down, he just turns around and gives them a right good kick in the ballcocks. I just hope we have him for a few more years and are able to witness such artistry on a motorcycle. Forza Vale :blush: :)



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