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Katoh in commanding form in Brazil

Katoh in commanding form in Brazil

Daijiro Katoh is in domineering form this week, and as he set quick lap after lap this morning it seemed inevitable that he would finish top of the timesheets, which he duly confirmed. He remained in the pit for the final part of the session, watching as the others scrambled in vain to get near his time, but nobody was able to better him, and so he takes this performance into the qualifying session hoping to take pole position from Marco Melandri, and you really could not bet against him doing so.

Melandri himself finished seventh fastest with his teammate Harada in tenth, behind a whole batch of other Aprilia riders looking to take a good result away with them for the winter. The two Aspar men, Nieto and Debon, made second and fourth place, sandwiching the Aprilia Germany bike of Jeremy McWilliams. Locatelli and Battaini continued what has been a good week for them, finishing fifth and sixth, despite the first of the two having been at the top of the chart in the early stages.

Katoh once again demonstrated however, that he has an ability to raise his game whenever it is necessary, pushing the rest out to 1.2 seconds with only a few minutes remaining, his time of 1´54.246 set on the 14th lap out of 19. It will be a great battle this afternoon to see if a rejuvenated Melandri can keep Katoh at bay, or if any of the other Aprilia riders going so well this week can sneak in to get good grid position.

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