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MoviStar Honda: Friday press release

MoviStar Honda: Friday press release

A summer sun warmed the first qualifying practice of South AfricanGrand Prix at Phakisa circuit.Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese rider Daijiro Katoh, for the second timeriding on this track, showed high possibility to transform himself into areal lion for Sunday race, by qualifying third today.His Spanish team mate Alzamora took good confidence with his new NSR250 androde more comfortable than at Suzuka and finally classified tenth.

Daijiro Katoh #74 Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1´38.349
Position: 3rd
´This morning during free practice I realised that the track conditions weremuch better than last year and this made me happy. We started working tryinga different set up for each bike and I immediately felt more comfortablewith one machine more than with the other one. I´m quite satisfied aboutthis first day, even if at the end of session I entered pit box in order toput on new tyre and try to get pole, but team preferred to stop since therewas not enough time left. Anyway, I have a good feeling with my bike and I´mconfident for tomorrow to improve´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1´39.200
Position: 10th
´For sure I feel more comfortable on this track rather than in Suzuka. Fromthe first laps I could get a better feeling with my new machine, even if Istill have to learn how to set up it properly. Unfortunately I went too longat the end of session, otherwise I believe I could have improved my laptime. Anyway, today´s result is quite satisfying and I trust to go onworking well tomorrow and do a good job to get ready for the race´.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Gauloises Africa's Grand Prix, QP1

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