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Max Biaggi leads Yamaha assault with provisional pole in Germany

Max Biaggi leads Yamaha assault with provisional pole in Germany

Max Biaggi took provisional pole position for the Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, leading a Yamaha assault which sees just three Honda machines in the top ten. Although the consistent Honda Pons machines of Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi are on the provisional front row in second and fourth place respectively, the only other non-Yamaha machine to make the front two rows is the Suzuki of World Champion Kenny Roberts, in sixth. Shinya Nakano lines up between Barros and Capirossi in third, whilst Carlos Checa, Olivier Jacque and Norick Abe complete the second row in fifth, seventh and eighth respectively.

The Suzuki of Sete Gibernau, in ninth place, means that Championship leader Valentino Rossi has to settle for tenth spot on this first day of qualifying, making today´s performance even sweeter for title rival Biaggi. Garry McCoy marked his return to action with the eleventh fastest time of the day having been second quickest behind Checa in this morning´s practice, whilst former World Champion Alex Criville only just made the third row in twelfth position.

British rider Leon Haslam, riding for the first time on the V4 Honda vacated by Chris Walker, was 17th fastest of the afternoon session, whilst Australian team-mate Brendan Clarke, called up to take Haslam´s place on the V twin, has provisionally qualified for the race despite never having ridden a 500 machine before today.

500cc, 2001

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