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MUGELLO - A bright sunshine welcomed all riders of MotoGP at firstqualifying practice of Italian Grand Prix, round five of 2001 season.Daijiro Katoh, championship leader and absolute protagonist of 250 class(100%pole and victory record) so far this year, today rode at Mugello forthe second time in his life and got sixth. Telefonica MoviStar HondaJapanese hero concentrated in working on the set up rather than thinkingabout the final result.

His Spanish team mate Alzamora, on the contrary, after taking his best everresult at Le Mans two weeks ago (fourth) made his debut at Italian track onNSR. Emilio had some difficulties to get adapted and could not go oversixteenth position, but he is definitely confident for tomorrow´s second dayof qualifying.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1´ 56.141
Position: 6th

´Last year I rode for the first time on this circuit and I had fewdifficulties to set up my bike, since this track is not one of the easiestones. Even if I made some experience, I came here aware of the fact thatthis week-end would be difficult, as Aprilia riders play at home. Anyway, Ifeel totally motivated to do my best and keep fighting for podium. Our firstday of qualifying was not so bad, but I know we still have to work on thesetting and improve. Especially I had a problem in entering the corners, thefeeling with my NSR was not perfect. One more day to better will be ok. Wehave all capacities to make it and stay up the front, so I feel all right´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1´57.644
Position: 16th

´I had difficulties in changing directions. This track is quite complicatedand I could not leave the corners correctly, it was hard. At the end Italked a lot with my mechanics and I think we have a solution already. TodayI didn´t do well, because I could not find a rhythm, but I´m confident for tomorrow. I know I can improve and go much faster´.

QP1 250cc

1. M. Lucchi - Aprilia 1´54.939
2. J. McWilliams - Aprilia 1´55.382
3. T. Harada - Aprilia 1´55.636
4. R. de Puniet - Aprilia 1´56.081
5. M. Melandri - Aprilia 1´56.108
6. D. Katoh - Honda 1´56.141

250cc, 2001, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia, QP1

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