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Telefonica Movistar Honda: DAIJIRO KATOH AGAIN ON PODIUM

Telefonica Movistar Honda: DAIJIRO KATOH AGAIN ON PODIUM

BRNO - Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese rider Daijiro Katoh after taking aperfect start, could not stop Harada´s runaway, but had a very close battlewith Melandri during all 20 laps and finally fiercely ended the CzechRepublic Grand Prix in third position, conquering the podium for the eighttime out of ten rounds and scoring points for the 26th consecutive race. 250class world championship leader, with six wins this year, is still toppingthe classification with 35 points advantage over today´s winner Harada.

Spanish team mate Alzamora started from second row and tried hard to keep afast rhythm on the difficult Circuit of Brno, swapping from fifth to seventhposition until the end when he could not push anymore and crossed the finishline with six riders in front of him.

Daijiro Katoh #74 : Honda NSR 250

Position: 3RDTime: 41´35.396

´For sure I feel a little bit disappointed after such a race. I knew itwould be difficult to have the pace of Harada and I realised during the raceitself that it was also difficult to keep Melandri´s pace. I was sure thatif I had not been in front of him toward the end it would have not bepossible to get second. So I passed him, but finally he overtook me againand I pushed as much as I could, but I ended behind him. I´m not happy,because personally I´m not thinking about points, but I just want to winagain a race´

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250

Position: 7thTime: 42´07.770

´I took a bad start, but then I regained. I tried to keep a fast pace to goahead, but when the tyres lap after lap became used I could not followanymore. After overtaking few riders I stayed in fifth position, then I lostthe contact, as I didn´t feel very confident anymore and Rolfo, who waschasing me, passed me and finally I got seventh behind de Puniet too. Iwould have certainly expected something more.´.

Fausto Gresini : Team manager

´We perfectly knew before coming here that this week-end would not be easyfor us, as this track is very difficult and Aprilia had test here not solong ago. Katoh was anyway able to finish such a hard race and we can behappy with today´s third place. For sure we suffered more than usual, but atthe same time we gained more points so it´s ok, that´s also one of our goals´.

Angel Nieto : general manager

´We still have 35 points advantage, no? This is a circuit where Aprilia hasworked a lot, but next time we´ll in Portugal and the story will change!Daijiro did a clever race, since he just has to think about one only thingwhich is called World Championship. Emilio had to face a very difficulttrack and I guess he made maximum effort today. At Estoril he will have thechance to fight again with the leading group´.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, RAC

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