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ASSEN - Once again Daijiro Katoh showed how strong he can be. After leadingalmost fully second and decisive qualifying session at Assen track, just atthe very end he was overtaken by Harada of only 18 hundreds. TelefonicaMoviStar Honda Japanese rider powered to place number two of the Dutch GrandPrix starting grid and got back to usual first row. Daijiro also broke thecircuit record of 2´05.696 (scored by Valentino Rossi in ´99) by over onesecond riding in a very fast 2´04.549. Very happy with his performance and aware that tomorrow it is going to be a tough race, Katoh is looking forward to battle to clocking sixth victory.

Quite a poor day for team mate Alzamora who could not succeed in improvinghis yesterday´s position and finally classified seventeenth.Fifth row for Telefonica MoviStar Honda Spaniard who will try hard to make agood start and have again a positive race.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 2´04.594
Position: 2nd

´Honestly I was quite surprised to achieve such a fast lap time, consideringthat I do not have so much experience on this difficult track. I´ve beenlearning it since yesterday, getting more and more information and step bystep I could improve my performance. I´m very satisfied though I was secondfastest and not first. We finally found a good set up and a good tyre fortomorrow´s race, so I feel confident. I know it will be a hard battle, but I´m ready for that. Toward the end of qualifying today I would may be havethe chance to go even faster, but there was a lot of traffic and I had tostop pushing. Anyway, I´m looking forward to racing´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 2´06.938
Position: 17th

´Unfortunately, things didn´t go well today. I just could not improve myyesterday´s lap time and I guess there is not much to say. All I need to dois to work hard during tomorrow´s warm up in order to try to find a goodsolution and better the feeling with my machine. It will also very importantto take a good start and gain as many positions as possible to reach theleading group´.

250cc, 2001, Gauloises Dutch TT, QP1

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