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Roberts getting closer to Rossi in second free practice

Roberts getting closer to Rossi in second free practice

Kenny Roberts suggested that the Italians might not have it all their own way in Mugello by posting almost identical times to Valentino Rossi throughout the second qualifying session. Rossi clocked the quickest lap overall, improving slightly on his provisional pole time from yesterday, but World Champion Roberts almost stole the limelight with a late surge which saw him come within 0.089 seconds of the Championship leader.

Of the other two Italian hopes, Loris Capirossi made the better of the session to post the fourth quickest lap behind Tohru Ukawa, as Max Biaggi finished 8th fastest. Ukawa showed some good form late on to set an excellent lap time which was almost 2 seconds quicker than his provisional qualifying time. Ukawa´s team-mate Alex Criville crashed early on but was fit to continue on his spare bike and will be able to take part in the final qualifying session this afternoon.

The performance of the session was disputed between Ukawa and Jurgen vd Goorbergh, who lapped a second quicker than his provisional qualifying time and was just 1.659 seconds off Rossi.

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500cc, 2001

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