After a fairly disappointing race a couple of weeks ago, Valentino Rossi is back on top of his game in China. He put in a spectacular lap in the last quarter of the qualifying session, and will start tomorrow's race in the #1 spot.
Beside Rossi (1'58.424), in the #2 position, is John Hopkins (1'59.315), who was first after yesterday's FP2. Hopkins and Suzuki are obviously looking to make themselves contenders in the premier class of motorcycle racing, and seem to be doing well in that regard. Of note, however, Hopkin's best qualifying lap was nearly a full second slower than that of Rossi. Rounding up the front row is Rossi's Fiat-Yamaha teammate, Colin Edwards (1'59.406).
Casey Stoner, who currently leads the individual points championship, will be starting in 4th position (1'59.516) after having some mechanical issues with his number one GP7 Ducati, and then qualifying on his back-up cycle.
Other riders of note: De Puniet - 7th (1'59.985); Hayden - 9th (2'00.087); Capirossi - 14th (2'00.369)
Full results can be found at the MotoGP website.