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Cecchinello holds off the late show to take pole

Cecchinello holds off the late show to take pole

MS Aprilia LCR rider Lucio Cecchinello took the fourth pole position of his career this afternoon in the Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya. In a session which really took a while to heat up, unlike the searing Catalan sun, Cecchinello held off a late charge by the trailing pack and took his first pole of the season in the 125cc category in a new record pole time of 1:51.368 . In fact this is the first pole of the season where Youichi Ui won´t be lining up ahead of all the other riders. He will take third place on the grid instead.

Until 10 minutes from the end, there had been no signs that there would be any change to the provisional front row. However, as Ui produced his usual late charge, both Noburu Ueda and Stefano Perugini moved up the order into second and fourth place respectively. Ueda followed on from his Mugello win with a magnificent last lap, and Perugini will hope that this grid position will allow him to beat his current season´s best of 11th, which he got in South Africa.

Despite having promised throughout the last two days, the Telefonica Movistar Junior Team was unable to get a front row position. Toni Elias who had been in provisional second place, could only better his Friday time on his last lap and was eventually pushed out to fifth, where he will lead a second row of Jenkner, Poggiali and Angel Rodriguez, one of a whole host of riders unable to better yesterday´s times. Tomorrow will see whether Cecchinello can use the advantage he now has, to record his second Grand Prix win.

125cc, 2001, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya, QP1

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