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MoviStar Honda Saturday press release

MoviStar Honda Saturday press release

EXTRAORDINARY KATOH

Fourth consecutive great pole position for Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese hero Daijiro Katoh, who at last lap of second qualifying ofFrench Grand Prix was able to slow down his time of over one second compared to yesterday´s result and reached 1´41.0.He has even beaten his own last year´s pole at Bugatti circuit and set again fastest lap. Today´s pole was the eight totally of Katoh´s careersince the first one in ´98 in Suzuka. In case Daijiro should win tomorrow, he will become the first rider since Mike Hailwood in 1966 to win the opening four rounds of the 250Championship.

A good step forward for Spanish team mate Alzamora who, after the positive result at home Grand Prix in Jerez, has kept on working in progress andtomorrow will start from second row, his ever better position in 250 class. Emilio finally found a good set up for his machine and classified fifth.

Daijiro Katoh 74 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1´41.065
Position: 1st
´We have been working hard to set up properly my machine and after havingfew difficulties yesterday, today I absolutely wanted to slow down my laptime. Finally we found the right direction, we made a good choice of tyreand I took pole once again. I´m very happy, because it was not easy tosucceed. There was lot of traffic on the track and especially at the end, inthe last corner, I suddenly met a slow rider, but I could overtake himsomeway and I set the best pole.If we go on like this, tomorrow everything will be ok´.

Emilio Alzamora 7 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1´41.840
Position: 5th
´We definitely found a good method of working to set up my machine accordingto my riding style. I feel more and more comfortable on my NSR250 and thisallows me to be faster. Getting on second row is a very important result. Myaim for tomorrow´s race is to start well and try not to loose the contactwith the front group, since my pace is actually not in ´41. I guess in thewarm up we will still be able to modify few things which can help me to staywith the firsts during the race.I want to fight as I did in Jerez and do my best not to make any mistakesand get some more points´.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Grand Prix Polini de France, QP1

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