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Daijiro Katoh opens up 250 championship lead with Jerez win

Daijiro Katoh opens up 250 championship lead with Jerez win

Daijiro Katoh took a comfortable win in the 250 race, taking victory by a huge 11.789 seconds. Victory for the Japanese Honda rocket was never really in doubt once he saw off the challenge of compatriot Tetsuya Harada. Aprilia rider Harada claimed second place, 5.546 seconds ahead of team-mate Marco Melandri, who enjoyed an entertaining master versus apprentice tussle with veteran Marcellino Lucchi for the final podium position.

Wildcard rider Lucchi settled for an extremely creditable 4th place, as Spaniards Fonsi Nieto and Emilio Alzamora delighted the home fans by coming in 5th and 6th respectively before paying their respects to the crowded masses banked around the perimeter of the Andalucian circuit.

Four Aprilia riders make up the top ten, with Roberto Rolfo, Roberto Locatelli, Franco Battaini and Jeremy McWilliams all picking up points for the Italian factory.

Katoh has now taken 75 points out of the first three races, with this his clearest victory by far. Harada had finished third behind Melandri in South Africa but wasn´t to be denied today and he now lies second in the Championship, 19 points behind Katoh. Melandri is third overall.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Gran Premio Marlboro de España, RAC

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