Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Biking: Rossi rains

Valentino Rossi's bid to retain his MotoGP title saw the Italian put the Camel Yamaha on pole position for today's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Valentino Rossi's bid to retain his MotoGP title saw the Italian put the Camel Yamaha on pole position for today's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Rossi is struggling down in third in the points table but a heavy downpour came to his aid as the qualifying session had to be cancelled.

With large areas of the circuit covered in standing water the race directors decided to scrap the timed qualifying session and set the start grid according to the fastest time achieved by riders in the three free training sessions.

That left Rossi on pole with American Nicky Hayden, the championship leader, alongside him on the front row on the Repsol Honda.



- Troy Bayliss closed in on his second World Superbike title as the battle for second continued in Germany.

Australian Bayliss will start today's two races at the Lausitzring from pole position after topping the Superpole session on the Ducati Xerox machine.

Bayliss can lift the title with two rounds remaining if he wins both races today.