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Vd Goorbergh, Katoh and Brannetti quickest in wet morning warm up sessions

Vd Goorbergh, Katoh and Brannetti quickest in wet morning warm up sessions

Vd Goorbergh, Katoh and Brannetti quickest in wet morning warm up sessions

Jurgen vd Goorbergh showed his prowess in the wet this morning setting the fastest time in the 500cc warm-up which took place under heavy dark clouds. The overnight rain had still not abated, and looks as if it may continue as light showers throughout the day. The Dutchman has always promised in the wet weather, but no full race has been run in wet conditions, cutting his options of getting a podium finish.

He will be one of the favourites in a wet battle, along with Kenny Roberts and Rossi who were second and third today, but the 2001 Champion had an uncharacteristic off track excursion in this session, which brings back memories of a lack of concentration at Mugello, when he crashed in the wet with one lap to go. Brazilian Alex Barros will also be one to keep an eye on, after winning in the wet in Italy.

Daijiro Katoh continued his form from yesterday's practice, and went on to set the quickest time in the 250cc warm up. Katoh is not noted for his performances in wet races, and has regularly dropped out of the top positions in wet Grands Prix. Behind him came in fellow front row starters Roberto Locatelli and Jeremy McWilliams, with Debon and Harada coming in next. Roberto Rolfo was a victim of the wet track, falling after the Chequered Flag had gone out.

The 125 session saw Alessandro Brannetti top the timesheets, followed closely by Lucio Cecchinello and Stefano Perugini. The two challengers for the title, Manuel Poggiali and Youichi Ui were down in 10th and 13th place respectively, clearly not wanting to risk anything on the slippery surface. If the poor weather continues it will be a lottery as to who wins the race, and Poggiali must have been worried as he opened the curtains to the dark clouds this morning, knowing that the slightest mistake could see the title slip from within his grasp

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500cc, 2001

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