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Telefonica Movistar Honda Sunday Press Release

Telefonica Movistar Honda Sunday Press Release

LE MANS - There are no words to describe the phenomenal talent of TelefonicaMoviStar Honda Japanese rider Daijiro Katoh who at French Grand Prix took fourth consecutive victory (tenth one totally of his career) becoming the first rider since Mike Hailwood in 1966 to win the opening four rounds ofthe 250 Championship. Daichan has one more time dominated the Aprilia army hardly fighting against country mate Harada and after spending few laps behind him he skilfully passed him and run to finish line in first position.

Emilio Alzamora finished fourth and took his ever best 250 result at French Grand Prix at Le Mans circuit after starting from his ever best grid position. A good race for Telefonica MoviStar Honda Spanish rider who is getting more and more used to his new machine. Emilio is now tenth at world Championship classification and on Tuesday May 22nd will be able to celebrate happily his 28th birthday.

Both Telefonica MoviStar Honda riders will stay one more half day at Le Mans for a test session. Tomorrow morning Daijiro will try new suspensions settings and Emilio will have the chance to continue making practice with NSR250.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250
Position: 1st
Time: 44´29.546

´In the first part I was leading at high pace, but I knew it would be difficult to run away. I kept pushing anyway, but I made a mistake and Harada overtook me. From that moment on I felt race would be decided at lastlap.I spent some time behind him and this allowed me to study the best place to pass him again. I never gave up, on the contrary, I believed I could make it. I´m so delighted with this victory, everything is just going perfect and I´m looking forward to racing in Italy.´

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250
Position: 4th
Time: 44´46.359

´I´m certainly happy with today´s result. Fourth position shows that my feeling with NSR is getting better and better. What I need now is to learn more the reaction of my machine during race, especially at the end, when tyres become used. I´ve been making more and more experience and this is good help to understand the behaviour of my bike. I already improved my working method during qualifying and step by step I will also get ready to attack in 250 class.´

Fausto Gresini - Team manager

´Daijiro was really fantastic. When you win it´s always good, but to win the way he did today is even more exciting. It was not a easy race, but he battled till the end and showed once again how great he is. I´m very happyalso for Emilio who is getting faster and faster and has been making big progress. I´m sure soon he will also be with the leading group of 250.´

250cc, 2001, Grand Prix Polini de France, RAC

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