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Telefonica MoviStar Honda - Daijiro Katoh crowned World Champion and Alzamora crashes out

Telefonica MoviStar Honda - Daijiro Katoh crowned World Champion and Alzamora crashes out

SEPANG - The dream came true: Daijiro Katoh sensationally won the MalaysianGrand Prix, round 15, dominating all 20 laps and became World Champion of250 class. After taking a perfect start Telefonica MoviStar Honda Japaneserider kept the lead until the end with no choice for title rival Harada,left behind of almost 15 seconds.The record boy, who with today´s triumph scored totally 10 wins in a season,after clocking pole position yesterday setting the best lap of the circuit,today he also clocked the new record at lap 2 in 2´08.920.Katoh, who has dominated 250 class since the beginning of the Championshipwith great supremacy, absolutely merited to be the number one.Less luck was for Spanish team mate Alzamora who, after starting from hisbest ever grid position in the 250, crashed at lap 12 while fighting hard inthird position behind Harada.

Daijiro Katoh #74 - Honda NSR 250Position: 1st - WORLD CHAMPIONTime: 43´22.487

´I still can´t realise I won the Championship. I don´t feel like to be theWorld Champion yet, as the race has just finished and everything ishappening so quickly. Thinking about this race, through all week-end itseemed that Harada had problems, at every single test session, so I guess Ihad some advantage over him. Anyway, all I wanted to do was to win, that wasmy priority and I kept maximum concentration and finally I won and.I´m veryhappy! To become World Champion was my only aim and I made it, so.that´sjust great! I will not have the time to celebrate, as I´m flying back toJapan tonight, but I wish I will have some time later on in Japan or inItaly to take the chance and celebrate with my team´.

Emilio Alzamora #7 - Honda NSR 250CRASHED OUT´I´m so disappointed for having crashed. I had such a big hope for thisrace, as we really did well during all qualifying sessions in the week-end.We were able to develop my machine further and I got my best position everin qualifying. Every time I take a step forward and I believe that next yearI will have the right conditions to fight with the fastest riders.I definitely want to congratulate Katoh and all the team who has beenworking with great professionalism and making enormous efforts race afterrace´.

Fausto Gresini - team manager´Today we crowned our dream, a dream which was born on the very first day Idecided to start a new adventure in racing as team manager. It´s a veryspecial day for all of us who had been working hard always with greatpassion believing every day in our job. It was a fantastic year for us andit was absolutely important the fact that we never gave up during bad times.We had maximum support from HRC who believed in us as all our sponsors didand at this moment emotions are so big that I can just say a big thank youto everyone who had trusted me and my team.´

500cc, 2001

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