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Rain blights the 250cc practice schedule yet again

Rain blights the 250cc practice schedule yet again

For the third time in as many sessions, the 250cc practice session was interrupted about half-an-hour in due to the heavens opening. Whereas in yesterday´s two sessions they were able to return to the track on slick tyres such was the lightness of the showers, today however, it was a considerable downpour which descended on the Derbyshire track. Puddles formed in parts, and some riders did return to the tarmac, but only on full wet tyres, and to get used to the conditions rather than to set times.

Before the rain came however, it was Aprilia rider Marco Melandri who had set the fastest time of the session, his 1´35.507 was a full second outside McWilliams´ provisional and maybe decisive pole time of Friday afternoon. Not too much can be read into this, although the usual group of riders followed him, Katoh, Rolfo and Harada made the subsequent quickest times, with pole man McWilliams down in 7th spot. He will however be confident that the wet track could prevent his time being beaten this afternoon.

The session had seen only two riders set quickest times, Melandri and McWilliams and there were no fallers in the session before or after the red and yellow striped flag came out. The hopes are that the rain may clear up for the afternoon qualifying sessions, although the Met Office forecast for showers to continue until tomorrow seem to belie these wishes of both the riders and the fans.

250cc, 2001, Cinzano British Grand Prix, FP1

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