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Pole holder Katoh imposes his authority as showers hold off

Pole holder Katoh imposes his authority as showers hold off

The 250cc second free practice session saw the track remain dry for the entire hour, and raised hopes of normality for the forthcoming qualifying practices. Daijiro Katoh was in no mood to let the fact that this was just a free practice bother him, as he bettered yesterday´s pole position time and sent out a message to the other riders that he intends to keep extending his lead in the Championship with a win in the race tomorrow. He was followed in the time sheets by Italian Marco Melandri, riding his Aprilia, and his teammate Tetsuya Harada.

It was a session which saw many different riders holding the fastest times but once Katoh set the new lap record of 1´27.686, nobody was able to get near him. Melandri and Harada did their best to get close to Katoh, but eventually they were unable to reel in the Japanese Telefonica Movistar Honda rider. It was also a good session for 250cc Yamahas, like in the 500s yesterday, with Matsudo and Porto fourth and fifth fastest. Behind these two came Aprilia riders Fonsi Nieto, McWilliams and De Puniet.

There was no real drama on the falling front, with wildcard rider Christian Gemmel the only rider to have crashed out. This will hopefully continue in the afternoon with a dry track and slick tyres giving the riders the opportunity to get the maximum out of the twisting Sachsenring circuit.

The 250cc second free practice session saw the track remain dry for the entire hour, and raised hopes of normality for the forthcoming qualifying practices. Daijiro Katoh was in no mood to let the fact that this was just a free practice bother him, as he bettered yesterday´s pole position time and sent out a message to the other riders that he intends to keep extending his lead in the Championship with a win in the race tomorrow. He was followed in the time sheets by Italian Marco Melandri, riding his Aprilia, and his teammate Tetsuya Harada.

It was a session which saw many different riders holding the fastest times but once Katoh set the new lap record of 1´27.686, nobody was able to get near him. Melandri and Harada did their best to get close to Katoh, but eventually they were unable to reel in the Japanese Telefonica Movistar Honda rider. It was also a good session for 250cc Yamahas, like in the 500s yesterday, with Matsudo and Porto fourth and fifth fastest. Behind these two came Aprilia riders Fonsi Nieto, McWilliams and De Puniet.

There was no real drama on the falling front, with wildcard rider Christian Gemmel the only rider to have crashed out. This will hopefully continue in the afternoon with a dry track and slick tyres giving the riders the opportunity to get the maximum out of the twisting Sachsenring circuit.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, FP1

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