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Cecchinello adapts best to difficult conditions in Australia

Cecchinello adapts best to difficult conditions in Australia

Lucio Cecchinello was the man who adapted best to the difficult conditions at Phillip Island today, taking provisional pole position for Sunday´s race as sporadic rain interrupted proceedings in the first qualifying session for the 125 class. Despite initial rain subsiding to allow the track to steadily dry, no riders could really push for a fast time with wet patches in many areas providing dangerous hidden accident black spots.

Australian wildcard rider Casey Stoner seemed to be coping best, setting the quickest time and looking a good bet for provisional pole when the heavens opened once more. However, the Italian trio of Sanna, Sabbatani and Perugini came through to steal front row spots, with Sanna holding top position until Cecchinello´s last lap raid.

Further late fast laps from Vincent and Ui pushed Stoner out to seventh place ahead of Championship leader Poggiali in eighth. Poggiali´s main title rival Elias was unable to make an impression in the wet after a slow start to the session and was forced to settle for 20th spot on the provisional grid.

125cc, 2001, Qantas Australian Grand Prix, QP1

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