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Showers interrupt 250 practice as Locatelli sets the pace

Showers interrupt 250 practice as Locatelli sets the pace

With the dark clouds having loomed over the Donington Park all morning, it seemed only a matter of time before they let their load fall. The first spatterings came during the first free practice of the 250cc bikes, bringing all riders into the pits for a twenty minute period, but they weren´t heavy enough to dampen the track too much, and Roberto Locatelli came out to set the fastest time on his penultimate lap.

Locatelli had been there or thereabouts for the whole session, but had watched while Alzamora, clearly on a high from his Assen second place, and Harada and McWilliams subsequently set fastest times. It had looked as if the winner of the most recent event in Holland, Jeremy McWilliams, would hold on to his fastest lap, which lasted throughout the rain interruption. In the form of his life at the moment, McWilliams finally ended up fourth quickest, but will expect more perhaps in front of his home crowd.

The delays done with however, Locatelli came out fighting, and showed why he took the 125 crown last season with a couple of laps to test the water, literally, and then putting in the all important fast time of 1´35.617, the tarmac obviously not affected by the short shower. Alzamora set the second quickest time, and Harada was just behind him in the timecharts. Championship leader, Daijiro Katoh who made the 8th best time will be thinking that the clouds are just hanging over his head, if the wet weather keeps up, Tetsuya Harada will be odds on to take the lead away from Britain.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Cinzano British Grand Prix, FP1

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