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Neither Alex Crivillé in tenth nor Tohru Ukawa in eleventh place have been able to defend their positions on the second row of the starting grid for tomorrow´s Dutch TT. Both Repsol YPF Honda riders spoke of severe chattering problems on their bikes and dropped back to the third row, as Shinya Nakano, Carlos Checa and Sete Gibernau managed to overtake them in the overall practice times. The second timed session for the Grand Prix of Holland was dominated by a fierce battle for pole position between the three Italian superstars, with Capirossi defending his top position ahead of Biaggi and Rossi. Capirossi and Biaggi were the only riders to break through the barrier of 2´01 minutes around the Assen circuit.

Tohru Ukawa: ´I´m quite confused, because I have no idea what went wrong. I´m well physically, so yesterday´s crash has nothing to do with my result. What´s happening is that we have a lot of chatter on the front and the rear, and for the moment, we don´t have a solution for our problem. I admit that my crash distracted me a bit yesterday, but today we worked our way through all possible combinations and variations of the set-up without having been able to find a configuration that eliminates the chatter. During the warm-up tomorrow we will try some other changes to see what happens then, but at the moment it is not obvious to me where the solution might be. I had to take a lot of risks at the end of the session to make sure of the third row of the grid, because under no circumstances I wanted to start from row four.´

Alex Crivillé 'I can´t say much about this practice session, just that I´m very angry. We haven´t been able to find a set-up for my motorcycle, and it´s impossible to ride fast with this bike at the moment. Every time I try to go into a turn really quick, the wheels are starting to bounce, and I can´t steer the bike into the direction I want. Now we have to find solutions, but I personally don´t know really what the solution could be. I explained my feelings on the bike to the technicians of the team, and now it is their turn to find a solution for tomorrow. I felt helpless because I am really keen to get in front, but it wasn´t possible. To take risks under these circumstances, just to go two tenths of a second faster and to move up one position, is certainly not the right way to solve the problem.´

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