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Harada sends a warning out to Katoh

Harada sends a warning out to Katoh

Tetsuya Harada sent a warning message to his 250 rivals this morning, and showed that he is definitely not out of the Championship race yet in 250 free practice 2. As all the top riders began to set quick laps towards the end of the session, it was the Japanese Aprilia rider´s time of 2´05.514 which was the quickest. Italian Marco Melandri continued where he finished off yesterday and set the second fastest time. Briton Jeremy McWilliams was just 0.029 seconds behind the Italian, despite having led for much of the session.

Harada will be keen to follow this performance with a good qualifying session, so he can keep the pressure on his countryman, and Championship leader Daijiro Katoh, who made up time after being 0.9 seconds off the pace yesterday. Harada will maybe still be hoping that the predicted downpour will take place, but if he keeps this form up then he will not necessarily need help from the heavens.

Behind Katoh, who was fourth fastest, 0.16 seconds off Harada, came Roberto Rolfo, Roberto Locatelli and the two German riders, Alex Hofmann and Klaus Nöhles; the latter clearly benefiting from McWilliams presence in the team. In terms of injuries, there were no fallers, however Fonsi Nieto tried to do a couple of laps with the fractured bones in each of his ankles, but was unable to carry on. He will undergo a fitness test before this afternoon´s qualifying.

250cc, 2001, Gauloises Dutch TT, FP1

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