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Repsol YPF Honda

Once again, the 500 cc qualifying was a very close and fierce fight, and when the chequered flag came down, the grid positions had changed significantly compared to yesterday´s provisional standings. Alex Crivillé, who was fourth on Friday, saw himself pushed out of the first row of the grid and will start from the second row after setting the eighth time in final practice. Just seconds from the end, Alex Barros had overtaken the Team Repsol Honda YPF rider and relegated him to row three on the grid, but Crivillé had something in reserve for the very last lap and managed to get past the Brasilian again. His team-mate Tohru Ukawa improved his lap times in comparison to yesterday by a little more than a second, and will start from 13th position.

Tohru Ukawa 13º : 2´02.10922 laps, 119 Km

´Things worked out better today than yesterday, but it just wasn´t enough. At the end of practice, we tried another front tyre, and the front end chatter that had bothered us for almost all of the two days of qualifying, was all but gone. Obviously, this tyre will be our choice for the race. At the beginning of the day, my motorcycle was chattering in various points of the circuit, but as we went through different tyres, the motorcycle improved step by step. There is no doubt that we improved from yesterday, but I´m not happy at all with my position on the grid. Tostart from that far back will be a big disadvantage tomorrow, but I´m an optimist and I hope to get a good start and to maintain a good pace in the race.´

Alex Crivillé 8º : 2´01.42122 laps, 119 Km

´Logically, I would prefer to start tomorrow´s race from the first row of the grid, but the final practice session was a very close fight, and I still consider my lap time a good result. We concentrated on getting a good pace for the race, and I´m happy with the work we´ve done. If the temperatures are as high again tomorrow, it will be a very hard Grand Prix, and I don´t know if we can maintain this pace throughout the entire race. In the warm-up, we´re going to fine-tune the suspension set-up in order to get a quicker corner entry. If we can improve this point and if I can get better through the second section of the circuit, I think that I can fight for a podium finish. My race pace is good, and this makes me optimistic.´

500cc, 2001

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