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The World Championship got back into full swing on the Czech circuit of Brno today. For Alex Crivillé, the return to work couldn´t have been any better, as he was within the fastest riders in the free practice session this morning straight away, and confirmed his form with the fourth time in the first qualifying session of the Czech Republic Grand Prix in the afternoon. His team-mate Tohru Ukawa, who returns to Grand Prix action after taking part at the 8 Hours of Suzuka aboard a Honda Superbike, wasn´t able to achieve a good result due to heavy front end chatter of his bike. But even though, the young Team Repsol YPF Honda rider is still optimistic and convinced that he and his team already hold the key to solving the problem tomorrow.

Tohru Ukawa 15º : 2´03.24322 laps, 119 Km

´I am way back at the moment, 2.8 seconds from Biaggi´s best time. Heavy front end chatter has been our problem, I wasn´t able to push and to brake into the turns as hard as I´d like to. But I´m still confident, because towards the end of the session this afternoon we started to get back on the right way to solve this problem, and we´ll see tomorrow if we´re able to eventually get rid of the chatter. I like this circuit, I finished second here with the 250 last year, and I feel very comfortable with the 500 as well. Physically I´m fine, fortunately I had a good recovery break after the 8 Hours of Suzuka.´

Alex Crivillé 4º : 2´01.51824 laps, 130 Km

´We had two good practice sessions today, as much in the morning as in the afternoon, with fast lap times from the very beginning. We received new engine parts for this race, and the difference is very noticeable, my bike is much stronger on acceleration now. Today´s result is good, but now we have to continue in this direction, put in fast lap times again tomorrow, and ride a good race on Sunday. The outcome is positive so far, but I want to stay calm and concentrated until the chequered flag comes down on Sunday. Biaggi´s lap time is incredible, his bike works very well and he feels comfortable on this circuit. As far as I´m concerned, I can only say that I have fun again riding my bike, and that the summer break did me the world of good.´

500cc, 2001

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