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Telefonica Movistar Honda - Daijiro Katoh´s record breaking pole at Sepang

Telefonica Movistar Honda - Daijiro Katoh´s record breaking pole at Sepang

´I will ride doing my best and results will come naturally´Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japanese rider said yesterday at pre-event pressconference and today his ´prophecy´ came true: Daijiro Katoh scored a greatprovisional pole on the first day of Malaysian GP´s qualifying, riding in 2´09.040 and beating Nakano´s circuit record of past season.250 cc Championship leader, absolutely determined to reach the top of theworld this Sunday, left title rival Harada behind by almost one second andhalf.Spanish team mate Alzamora was sixth fastest at his debut with NSR250 onSepang circuit. Telefonica MoviStar Spaniard mainly concentrated in findinga good set up rather than pushing to get a fast performance.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250Best lap: 2.09.040Position: 1st

´I took a comfortable ride today, I had no pressure at all. This is a longtrack with no short cut, as in other places, so it takes always some time togo back into the pit box, make few changes and start again. One hour is tooshort in this case to try everything well. Anyway, everything was fine forus in this first day and I could ride with no problems at all. Last year itwas my first time here, so I had few difficulties, then in November 2000 wehad a test session at this circuit and the best time I scored was ´08.3, soI just feel good here´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250Best lap: 2.10.240Position: 6th

´On this track it is fundamental to find the right set up, as temperature isso high to cause several problems to the tyres. So you have to be verycareful to choose them. Tomorrow I hope to be able to improve today´s sixthposition, so to start from front row on Sunday. Although actually it isbetter to balance well the machine for the race rather than thinking aboutthe lap time itself´.

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500cc, 2001

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