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Harada gives Aprilia edge over Honda and Katoh

Harada gives Aprilia edge over Honda and Katoh

Tetsuya Harada and Marco Melandri gatecrashed a Telefonica Movistar Honda party in the final qualifying session for the 250 class by taking pole position and third place on the grid respectively, when it looked like Daijiro Katoh and Emilio Alzamora were set for a one-two for the Japanese factory machines. The Aprilia pair set fast late laps in a hectic finale to the session which saw Jeremy McWilliams relegated from the front row after holding on to his provisional pole position throughout the majority of the session.

McWilliams dropped no further than fifth place, however, thanks to some quick laps of his own and is joined on the front row by Naoki Matsudo, Roberto Rolfo, and Randy de Puniet.

The track had almost completely dried out after another drizzly day at Donington Park, although some riders did fall victim to damp patches on the track. The most notable of these was Italian Roberto Locatelli, who succumbed to the infamous Craner Curves downhill, and was taken to the Mobile Clinic where early reports suggest that he has suffered a trauma of the shoulder and a possible fractured ankle. He couldn´t improve on yesterday´s time, which meant he was pushed out to 13th on the grid. De Puniet was the other faller again at Craner, although he remounted to set the 8th fastest time.

Once again it looks like it might be the battle between the top two in the championship which was so close and exciting at Catalunya, depending on the weather, of course.

250cc, 2001, Cinzano British Grand Prix, QP1

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