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The Rainmakers

The thunderclouds bring hope when it rains in Spain. At least for Vale fans, thirsty for #46 at the helm, leading the pack, and starved to see him on the podium. So, the practice sessions were nothing short of electric, and even though Vale didn’t do as well as we wanted him to at the Qualifying, there were fireworks.

Miguel Moreno, a photographer, was at the track, documenting the incredible Qualifying. He has graciously shared his pictures with Riding Fast and Flying Low. So, no long text this time, just some pictures that so beautifully capture the essence of the Qualifying at Jerez. Thank you Migue.

Dani Pedrosa has been promising us that things will be different. He followed through. He pushed hard through practice, clocking in 1.50’121 at the final session. He didn’t back off at the Qualifying either.

Until the final minutes of the Qualifying, when a battle broke out between Pedrosa and Lorenzo. Dani is now second on the grid, 0.135 off Lorenzo. Teammate and reigning world champion Casey Stoner will start from the 5th. Pedrosa said later in a Honda press release, “It was very difficult to know how much to push because there were some wet spots and it was easy to make mistakes.”

Jorge Lorenzo though had a weird weekend start, but managed to catch up and grab the pole from Pedrosa. He said in a Yamaha press release, “We are very happy with this pole position because it was a strange session. There were a lot of water patches and it was very dangerous. You had to pay a lot of attention, it would have been easy to crash and get injured. Anyway, we start in first position, let’s see what happens in the race.”

The oddest thing however, happened with Vale. The Doctor was poetry in the rain during the practice sessions. So much so, that it left the folks over at Team Ducati scratching their heads. The bike listened to Rossi in the wet, but in dry conditions, it was a like a completely different bike. The Qualifying though was disappointing, with Rossi now at 13. His teammate Nicky Hayden is currently at 3rd on the grid.

Who’s Where

1. Jorge Lorenzo

2. Dani Pedrosa

3. Nicky Hayden

4. Cal Crutchlow

5. Casey Stoner

13. Valentino Rossi

 

All pictures copyright Miguel Moreno. See more of his work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/zetaphotos/

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