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Rossi takes last gap provisional pole

Rossi takes last gap provisional pole

Rossi takes last gap provisional pole

Valentino Rossi took provisional pole position and set a new pole record with his last lap of the day at Brno today, snatching both accolades from his great rival Max Biaggi. The Honda rider scorched his way to a best lap of 2'00.161, around two tenths quicker than the time set by the Yamaha man one year ago. Biaggi also bettered his previous best to take second place on the provisional grid ahead of the sensational Daijiro Kato, who dominated the session on his first outing aboard the RC211V and was only relegated to third place by the two Italians after the chequered flag was raised.

Kato´s adaptation to the four stroke V5 machine has been incredible and he forced his way to the top of the time sheets after 28 minutes. With six minutes remaining of the session Rossi set out to beat his HRC colleague and did so at the last possible opportunity, with Kato unable to respond as he failed to beat the chequered flag on his flying lap after a late pit stop. Biaggi and Checa fitted new fairings to their Yamaha M1 machines and tested a new chassis, with the Spaniard eventually lapping ninth fastest.

The other star performer from today´s session was British rider Jeremy McWilliams, who took his Proton KR3 machine to sixth despite the major power disadvantage his three cylinder two stroke machine has down the long Brno straights. McWilliams was beaten to a front row spot by Spanish Suzuki rider Sete Gibernau, whilst Alex Barros just edged into head the second row by just over one tenth of a second. Also on the provisional second row are Garry McCoy (Yamaha) in seventh place and Tohru Ukawa (Honda) in eighth.


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