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Ui takes record fifth consecutive pole position of the season

Ui takes record fifth consecutive pole position of the season

Japanese L+M Derbi rider Youichi Ui, this afternoon took his fifth consecutive pole position of the season in impressive fashion at the Italian circuit of Mugello. The 125cc qualifying session took place under warm but cloudy conditions, and it was Ui´s combative riding which finally saw him gain the record of having won the first five pole positions of the season, a new record since the change to the regulations in 1974.

This morning Ui had promised much, with the second fastest time of the free practice session, and it looked as if he had sewn up pole early on in the session. Both he and Cecchinello, who got the fastest time in practice this morning on his MS Aprilia LCR, set quick laps after 10 minutes of being on the track. With 12 minutes to go however, wildcard rider Andrea Ballerini, who hails from down the road from Mugello, in Florence, set a quicker time on the Team Ciaron Aprilia he was riding. However, Ui wanted to get back into the pole position which he has managed to win so impressively all season, and remarkably, just 3 minutes from the end of the session, he put in an even quicker lap of 1´59.246.

Ballerini was pushed out to 4th spot on the grid, and joining him and Ui on the front row, will be Toni Elias and Lucio Cecchinello. It had looked as though Elias was not going to be able to better the second row until his very last lap when he moved into second, Cecchinello had been quick throughout and will be satisfied with third, although this morning´s free practice time would have him in second spot.

Le Mans winner Manuel Poggiali had a disappointing session, and couldn´t improve on yesterday´s time, finishing in 12th spot. From the third row, he will be looking at the backs of Perugini, Ueda, Azuma and Gino Borsoi, who make up the second row.

125cc, 2001, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia, QP1

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