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Warm-up sessions go ahead hitch-free in Malaysia

Warm-up sessions go ahead hitch-free in Malaysia

The new 500cc World Champion has let the headlines pass by him this weekend, letting Capirossi and Biaggi take the limelight for a while in their battle for second spot. This doesn´t mean however that Rossi´s desire to win has been extinguished, he will be as keen as anyone to win this afternoon to concrete his new position as Champion, which he showed by setting the fastest time in this morning´s final warm-up practice. He finished ahead of Capirossi who will start form pole, with Roberts, Ukawa and Nakano behind.

Jeremy McWilliams set the fastest time in the quarter-litre class on a drying track, ahead of Aprilia colleague Roberto Locatelli. This is the first time this weekend that Daijiro Katoh has not come out on top after a practice, but not too much should be read into that. He finished in fourth, locked in battle with Tetsuya Harada who took fifth, both of them behind home rider Shahrol Yuzy on board his Petronas Yamaha. All eyes will be on Katoh however, as he guns for his first World Championship this afternoon.

The 125 practice took place on a damp track for the third day running, which certainly hasn´t helped the smallest class set up their bikes. However, Youichi Ui demonstrated that this does not affect him whatsoever, as he went out and set the quickest lap of the warm up ahead of Azuma, Brannetti and Müller. He needs to repeat this form in the race to have any chance of taking the title from underneath Manuel Poggiali´s nose. Poggiali finished in 27th spot this morning, having completed only five laps, whereby the other Championship contender, Toni Elias, finished in eighth.

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