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Team Telefonica Movistar Honda

Team Telefonica Movistar Honda

Weather conditions: sunny Temperature: 29°C Humidity: 35%

ESTORIL - 250 class world championship leader Daijiro Katoh got secondfastest at first official qualifying session of Portugal Grand Prix, roundeleventh of 2001 MotoGP season. Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese rider topped all free practice andafternoon´s session until Harada took provisional pole 5 minutes to go. 1´42.780 was Katoh´s today best lap and his tomorrow´s goal will be to beat itand get as closer as possible to last winter´s time of 1´41.00.The winner of 2000 edition will is aiming to repeat last year´s triumph.

Spanish team mate Alzamora, though a light crash in the morning, was able toslow down his time and finally got tenth. Telefonica MoviStar Spaniard ishowever looking forward to tomorrow to work hard again and go faster, so toprepare well for the race.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1.42.780
Position: 2nd

´I´m quite satisfied with today´s result, even if the track conditions werebad compared to last February´s test session. The asphalt was slippery andit was also very hot, so not easy. Anyway, my feeling is exactly as the oneI had last year when I finally won. We tried some settings and tyres as welland I think tomorrow it should be fine. We will improve the lap time andfind a good set up for the race. It´s been a long time since I haven´t won,so I hardly want to win this Sunday´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1.43.827
Position: 10th

´This is a track I like very much and where I have a good memory from lastyear when I won in 125. This morning I crashed and this stopped a littlebit our today´s work. My aim for tomorrow is to improve my pace and for sureto slow down my lap time, so to get ready for the race and start from a goodposition. Anyway, I must say there´s a lot of difference between riding a125 and 250 cc machine´.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal, QP1

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