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Harada warns off Katoh with new 250 pole record at Brno

Harada warns off Katoh with new 250 pole record at Brno

Daijiro Katoh lit the touch paper and Tetsuya Harada duly exploded to set a staggering 250 pole record at Brno in the dying stages of an otherwise dull final qualifying practice for the 250 category. It took a full 55 minutes of the hour long session before the provisional front two rows were altered, Alex Debon leaping from fourteenth place to seventh. With just 1 minute 25 seconds remaining Katoh leapfrogged Marco Melandri for second place, but any thoughts of pole position were immediately dealt with by Harada who launched into a fast lap to beat his previous best pole by over half a second, clocking an astounding 2´02.953.

Fonsi Nieto briefly flirted with a front row spot when he shifted up to fourth but as Melandri just failed to improve on third with a late fast lap Jeremy McWilliams pulled out the stops to squeeze ahead of his Aprilia colleague and relegate Spaniard Nieto to fifth. McWilliams´ effort was all the more impressive considering that he had only recently returned to the track after a mid-session highside which had raised the pulse rate in his garage where his wife looked on in earnest.

Emilio Alzamora also crashed to bring the total number of fallers to five, but he will join compatriots Nieto and Debon on the second row after qualifying sixth. Argentinean rider Sebastian Porto completes the top eight.


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