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Team Telefonica Movistar Honda on provisional second row in Assen

Team Telefonica Movistar Honda on provisional second row in Assen

ASSEN - Telefonica MoviStar Honda rider Daijiro Katoh was fifth fastest intoday´s first qualifying session for Saturday´s Dutch TT. 250 cc worldchampionship leader, who took fifth victory of the season in Catalunya twoweeks ago, faced Assen track for the second time ever, after last year´sexperience at wet race where he finally classified eight.

Spanish team-mate Alzamora was eight in his first time at the fastest andlongest circuit of MotoGP riding NSR250. Emilio, still slightly sufferingarm injury after home Grand Prix at Montmelò, having improved a lot hisfeeling with new machine in the last races, is confident for tomorrow´ssecond qualifying.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250

Best lap: 2´06.094

Position: 5th

´It´s only the second time I come to this circuit and considering how it iscomplicated to ride here, I must say it was not bad as first day. May bethose who have more experience, especially on this track can have a littleadvantage. There are blind corners and you cannot see exactly where you goleaving them. Today we mainly worked to set up my NSR trying to improve thestability. Finally, I think that after one day of practice we understoodwhat to do to better our performance and I guess that tomorrow I will beable to slow down my lap time´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250

Best lap: 2´06.938

Position: 8th

´After my crash at Catalunya I still do not feel fit 100%, though last weekI trained a lot in order to recover totally and the pain in my arm hasalmost disappeared. Today I rode for the first time a 250 machine on thistrack and it was good to see that at last I was able to improve the resultachieved at free practice in the morning. It´s not easy to run here, I guessthis is a common think for everybody, and Aprilia bikes are very fast, butmy Honda has got a great potential also. Therefore I hope to better my laptime tomorrow, so to start on Saturday from a good position with noparticular worry´.

250cc, 2001, Gauloises Dutch TT, QP1

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