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Capirossi untouchable in Malaysia

Capirossi untouchable in Malaysia

Loris Capirossi took pole position for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in sweltering conditions at the Sepang circuit this afternoon. Capirossi´s pole record lap of 2´05.637, set in the first qualifying practice yesterday, proved to be just out of reach of fellow Italian Valentino Rossi, who provided the only real challenge for top spot today as several of the riders struggled to lower their provisional times. One of those unable to improve was Max Biaggi, who qualified in third despite falling, although Garry McCoy did step up his pace and moved up one place to fourth on the final grid.

Alex Barros also crashed but will be fit to start from the front of the second row in fifth place. He is joined by team-mates Shinya Nakano and Olivier Jacque in sixth and seventh respectively and Sete Gibernau in eighth.

Leon Haslam and Jurgen vd Goorbergh were the only other two riders to fall. The Dutchman´s team-mate for this race, Kurtis Roberts, qualified eighteenth.

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