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Katoh heads for holidays with comfortable 250cc lead

Katoh heads for holidays with comfortable 250cc lead

Daijiro Katoh heads off for his holidays this week with a comfortable lead at the top of the 250cc rider standings. The Japanese rider has only failed to win in three of the first nine races this season. Yesterday he was unable to escape from the Aprilia pairing of Marco Melandri and Tetsuya Harada, finishing second between the two. The rider Honda had no need to risk any more than was necessary however, because despite not claiming the victory he extended his Championship lead over Harada and is now 44 points clear.

Melandri is 52 points venid the leader, and the Italian´s reputation continúes to grow despite the fact that it is Harada who has emerged as Katoh´s most serious rival in the fight for the no1 plate. Throw the name of Jeremy McWilliams into the pot and you´re left with a very favourable situation for Katoh, with all three of his rivals capable of taking points off each other and giving him the opportunity to stretch out his lead without gambling on a win every race.

Just behind the head group lies Roberto Rolfo, who has consolidated his place in the 250 class and has growing admirers within Aprilia who now plan to run him on their twin-cylinder 500cc machine. Spanish pair Fonsi Nieto and Emilio Alzamora, separated by just one point, are further down the standings, with Nieto showing signs of promise and Alzamora adapting well since his step up from the 125cc class of which he was World Champion in 1999.

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

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