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Vincent proves his rain pedigree once again in Malaysia

Vincent proves his rain pedigree once again in Malaysia

Arnaud Vincent, the young Frenchman from the Fomma Honda set up, once again showed here in Malaysia, that a rain race would see him battling for the top positions, as he set the fastest time in this morning´s second free practice session for the 125 machines. His number 21 bike led the way practically for the entire session, with the damp asphalt not drying out despite the sun shining, but because of the high levels of humidity.

Vincent set the fastest time in yesterday´s first free practice – also taking place under rainy conditions, however, by the time of the qualifiers he had slipped back to being in fourteenth place on the grid. Trailing Vincent was Youichi Ui, who was the only other rider to top the times briefly. He also set the second quickest time in the qualifiers yesterday, so whatever the weather, we can expect a charge from the Japanese Derbi rider this afternoon. Ui was ahead of Azuma, Giansanti, and an unlikely performance from Adrian Araujo, who will be delighted with the fifth fastest time.

The Spaniard finished ahead of the two main Championship contenders in Manuel Poggiali, who had a crash entering the final straight but recovered for eighth on the grid, and Toni Elias. The latter was sporting a white helmet instead of his normal coloured one, this was because he only had one remaining, which he wants to keep for the race on Sunday. Elias was off the pace this morning, and was down to 24th at one point. A last lap surge saw him rise to 11th overall, still over two and a half seconds off Vincent´s best time of 2´30.866.

125cc, 2001, Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, FP1

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