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PHILLIP ISLAND - A big smile was on Daijiro Katoh´s little face when he cameback to pit box at the end of first qualifying practice of Australian GrandPrix. Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese hero scored a great provisionalpole at Phillip Island circuit riding constantly through all session despitethe bad wind disturbing all riders on the track. 250 class Championshipleader, whose wrist recovered 90% after Motegi´s crash last Sunday, clockedthe fastest lap leaving title rival Harada behind by six tenths.

Team mate Alzamora was sixth fastest in this afternoon´s opening qualifying,riding with same speed as McWilliams, 260.7, who got fourth. TelefonicaMoviStar Honda Spanish rider, almost back to top form after the facialinflammation he suffered of in Japan, is determined to stay with the leadingfront group as he was able to do in Motegi.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1.34.739
Position: 1st
´It´s difficult and dangerous to ride by this condition. The wind was sostrong that I was sometimes scared. I would need some more weight on mymachine just behind me.may be a passenger?!! To keep me more fixed. Well,however I was able to get quite a fast lap time and that´s good for startinggrid position in case tomorrow it will be raining and so impossible toimprove. Even if I think that, if weather condition stay the same as today,it will not be easy to slow down anyway´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250
Best lap: 1.36.333
Position: 6th
´Fortunately I recovered almost completely from my paralysis, so now I cannearly close my right eye totally. The Clinica Mobile´s staff did a greatjob and it´s good to feel better than in Japan. The conditions today werereally uncomfortable: it was rainy and wet in the morning and dry and sunnyin the afternoon, but always with a strong wind. And especially the wind didnot blow constantly but it was rusting so very dangerous.My sixth place is not bad, but I guess I could go faster tomorrow. We´ll seewhat happens´.

250cc, 2001, Qantas Australian Grand Prix, QP1

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