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Capirossi pulls a surprise by taking provisional pole

Capirossi pulls a surprise by taking provisional pole

Capirossi pulls a surprise by taking provisional pole

Italian Loris Capirossi was quickest in the first MotoGP qualifying session, and claimed provisional pole in a session notable for soaring temperatures and the numerous changes of places in the final ten minutes. Alex Barros was the first rider to show, but he was surpassed by Carlos Checa after 10 minutes. Behind the Spaniard, Rossi made an early charge and moved ominously into second.

Checa held his advantage for just under 27 minutes, with his fourth lap of the session proving quick enough to maintain the lead. However, strangely enough, when the Yamaha rider did improve his time, he lost the lead, as Capirossi along with Roberts produced an excellent display in the second half of the session.

Japanese rider Tohru Ukawa moved to the top of the time sheets with just two and half minutes left, but with 38 seconds remaining, Capirossi took back top spot as Gibernau came storming through to claim second. Ukawa slipped down to third, ahead of Checa and Rossi who came in fifth. American youngster John Hopkins took an impressive eighth, whilst new team-mate Alex Hofmann came in twenty-first in his first qualifying practice on the YZR of the Red Bull team.

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MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya

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