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Weather conditions: sunny Temperature: 30°C Humidity: 26%

PROVISIONAL POLE FOR DAIJIRO KATOH

MONTMELO´ - Daijiro Katoh was remorseless in reducing his lap time atfirstqualifying practice of Catalunya Grand Prix, round six of MotoGP WorldChampionship.

Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese rider got provisional pole and almost beat the circuit record (V. Rossi 1.47.585 in ´98) clocking 1´47.594. Daijiro, who has been leading the world classification since the beginning of the season with four victories and as many poles, has scored points in21 consecutive races and considering his today´s results, he seems to behighly motivated to step again onto the podium.

It was a good day also for Spanish team mate Alzamora, who for the first time ever rode at his home circuit in ´48.3. The Telefonica MoviStar Honda Spaniard got eight and is looking forward to tomorrow to improve his lap time and get ready for Sunday´s race in frontof his fans.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1.47.594
Position: 1st
´This hot weather makes riding difficult. I´m a little bit tired, buthappy, because today I did better than at Mugello. We found a quite good set upand tomorrow we will choose the tyres for the race. I went fast, but I believe it is possible to go even faster. At the end of session there was a lot of traffic on the track and this did not allow me to push. Last year I didn´t like this circuit particularly, but maybe this year I will´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250

Best lap: 1.48.367
Position: 8th

´I´m glad of my performance, as I was able to ride in ´48.3 and the gapwith the leading group is not that big. If tomorrow the weather conditions stay dry, I´m convinced I will go faster. It´s important to keep the second row and stay up the front. We mainly worked to solve few problems we had with the rear, since the track was a little bit slippery. Aprilia machines go very fast here, as at Mugello, but our Honda has got a great potential as well. I guess it´s gonna be a very exciting race´.

Telefonica MoviStar Honda

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya, QP1

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