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Qualifying - Estoril.

Qualifying times - Estoril.
Saturday, 15th September 2007

Full MotoGP qualifying times from the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril, round fourteen of the 2007 world championship.

1. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 36.301 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 36.341 secs
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 36.576 secs
4. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 36.736 secs
5. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 36.829 secs
6. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 36.904 secs
7. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 37.157 secs
8. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 37.189 secs
9. Toni Elias SPA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 37.246 secs
10. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 37.280 secs
11. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 37.296 secs
12. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 37.365 secs
13. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 37.530 secs
14. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 37.550 secs
15. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 37.733 secs
16. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 37.885 secs
17. Alex Hofmann GER Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 37.959 secs
18. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 38.271 secs
19. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 39.017 secs

2007 Portuguese Grand Prix:
Fastest practice time: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 37.173secs (FP3)

2006 Portuguese Grand Prix:
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha (M) 1min 36.200secs
Fastest race lap: Kenny Roberts Jr USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 37.914secs

Hayden pole!
Saturday, 15th September 2007

Having beaten Valentino Rossi's best, Casey Stoner looked set to take his fifth MotoGP pole in a row at Estoril - until outgoing world champion Nicky Hayden sprung a last gasp surprise.

Stoner has the chance to inherit Hayden's crown if he finishes 15 points in front of Rossi in Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix, but the Repsol Honda rider proved he is still a force to be reckoned with by edging 0.04secs ahead of the dominant Ducati rider at the very end of the hour.

Hayden, winless so far this season, thus took his first 800cc pole at a track where his own title dream looked to have ended, after a collision with team-mate Pedrosa, one year ago.

Rossi will start on the outside of the front row in third, while Makoto Tamada raised eyebrows with fourth place for the Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha team. Pedrosa led during the second half of the session, but was forced to settle for fifth on qualifying tyres - just ahead of Rossi's Fiat Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards.

Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri, Tamada's team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, 2006 winner Toni Elias and Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins complete the top ten.


1. Hayden
2. Stoner
3. Rossi
4. Tamada
5. Pedrosa
6. Edwards
7. Melandri
8. Guintoli
9. Elias
10. Hopkins
11. Checa
12. Vermeulen
13. Nakano
14. Barros
15. Capirossi
16. West
17. Hofmann
18. de Puniet
19. Roberts

Hayden exorcises Estoril demons.
Saturday, 15th September 2007

Nicky Hayden exorcised his Estoril demons by grabbing his very first pole position of the 2007 MotoGP season on Saturday in Portugal.

Last year the Repsol Honda rider lost his world championship lead at the same circuit, then the penultimate round, when he was taken out by team-mate Dani Pedrosa during a bungled overtaking manoeuvre.

The American, who bounced back to secure the 2006 crown at the season finale, has since endured a miserable title defence - but his Michelin-shod Honda was finally a match for Casey Stoner's Bridgestone-shod Ducatiand Hayden stole pole by just 0.04secs from the all-conquering Australian.

"This pole is a big thank-you to the team who have stuck with me and worked so hard during the dark times," explained the delighted world champion, who sits just ninth in the points. "In the last section I knew I just had to pull out the pin and go for it because I had nothing to lose. It was so good to return to pit lane and see everybody smiling again. I want to lead into the first turn tomorrow and have some fun."

Valentino Rossiwill join Hayden and Stoner on the front row, with Pedrosa starting fifth.
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