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Harada makes new Best Pole at Mugello in 250cc

Harada makes new Best Pole at Mugello in 250cc

Tetsuya Harada took pole position in the 250cc second qualifying session for the Gran Premio Cinzano D´Italia, breaking the record for best pole at the Mugello circuit, set by Marcellino Lucchi last year. However Lucchi himself didn’t have such good news, as he crashed out in much the same manner as he did this morning, and ended up in the same place – the Mobile Clinic, with three broken bones in his foot. Whether he will race tomorrow will be at the discretion of the doctors.

With five minutes to go, it seemed as if Lucchi was going to hang on to pole position after having improved his time in the 12th minute of the session, and nobody really looking like they were going to threaten. It took some excellent riding from Harada to take his first pole position since he won it in the 500cc class here at Mugello in 1999. Also of note was that it was 0.006 seconds inside Lucchi´s best pole time of last year.

If Lucchi makes it to the race, joining him and Harada on the front row will be British veteran Jeremy McWilliams, certainly putting paid to the belief that youth is more valuable than experience. With Aprilia Frenchman De Puniet in his best ever fourth on the front row, the grid is looking quite unusual, especially given the fact that Daijiro Katoh, who has had pole position and has won at every meeting this year, is down in sixth spot.

Other fallers apart from Lucchi, were both Petronas riders Matsudo and Yuzy, and for the second time this weekend, Lorenzo Lanzi. Home riders Battaini, Locatelli and Melandri make up the second row of the grid with Katoh. Tomorrow´s race certainly promises to be very interesting if Katoh intends to bring Honda a podium top spot, as Aprilia occupy the first 10 positions on the grid, except his.

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

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