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Biaggi takes pole as Kato shines again

Biaggi takes pole as Kato shines again

Biaggi takes pole as Kato shines again

Max Biaggi took his second pole of the season and the fiftieth of his career at Brno today, a track where he has already five victories to his name. The Italian became the first rider to break the two minute mark at the Czech circuit, before smashing his own pole record from 2001 by six tenths of a second after an intense battle with Daijiro Kato and Valentino Rossi.

Alongside Biaggi, Kato was the star of the show as he guided his brand new Honda RC211V four stroke machine into second place on the grid, just one tenth slower than the Yamaha man. Kato, who lapped with his new bike for the first time yesterday morning, dominated the time sheets for much the session having beaten Rossi´s provisional pole on just his third lap of the afternoon. Rossi, meanwhile, was unable to improve for much of the session and, after closing in to 0.3 seconds from Biaggi, the World Champion pitted with several minutes remaining and did not re-emerge to make a pole attack.

There was still time for another cameo performance when Garry McCoy launched a fast lap as the chequered flag was raised, edging Loris Capirossi off the front row by one tenth of a second to confirm his return to full fitness. McCoy´s team-mate John Hopkins also posted a late, late effort to join the second row behind Capirossi and Carlos Checa, slotting into seventh place ahead of Tohru Ukawa.


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