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MotoGP: Vermuelen on pole for Assen TT

Suzuki's wet weather specialist takes pole

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Submitted by Visordown News on Fri, 29/06/2007 - 14:23

WET WEATHER didn't stop Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen from scorching the opposition in the final qualifying for the Dutch TT, taking the third pole of his flourishing career..

The shock of the session was Valentino Rossi who could only manage 11th position. Championship leader Casey Stoner racked up a solid second place and Kawasaki star Randy de Puniet took third spot, following a gutsy lap from the up-and-coming Frenchman

Similar to the Donington qualifying session, the track was wet throughout, only drying slighty during the typically uneventful quiet period during the middle of the session. With less than 10 minutes remaining, the heavens opened, meaning all hot laps were set with water on the track, with some riders setting quicker times in the rain than they did when the track was at its dryest.

MotoGP Dutch TT: Final qualifying times

1. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1m48.555 secs

2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1m48.572 secs

3. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1m49.579 secs

4. Marco Melandri ITA Gresini Honda (B) 1m49.679 secs

5. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1m49.684 secs

6. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1m49.691 secs

7. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1m49.807 secs

8. Alex Hofmann GER Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1m49.927 secs

9. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1m50.132 secs

10. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1m50.169 secs

11. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1m50.392 secs

12. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1m50.402 secs

13. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1m50.581 secs

14. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1m51.259 secs

15. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1m51.827 secs

16. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1m53.271 secs

17. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1m54.253 secs

18. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1m57.525 secs

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