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Barros holds off two-stroke surprises at Phillip Island

Barros holds off two-stroke surprises at Phillip Island

Barros holds off two-stroke surprises at Phillip Island

Alex Barros pipped Garry McCoy for provisional pole position at Phillip Island today as the two-strokes showed signs of a grandstand finish in the twilight of the 2002 season. McCoy on the Yamaha YZR500, Jeremy McWilliams on the Proton KR3 and Jurgen vd Goorbergh on the Bridgestone-shod Honda NSR500 battled it out for the number one spot at the end of the session and it looked like home hero McCoy would emerge on top of the pile until Barros powered his booming RC211V four-stroke to the fore as the chequered flag was waved.

The Brazilian´s fellow four-stroke riders struggled to adapt their machines to the flowing Australian circuit, as well as the extremely blustery conditions, and the pole record time of 1´31.984 set by Max Biaggi last year was not really in danger despite a top speed advantage of around 8 km/h in favour of the new generation MotoGP motorcycles.

Biaggi himself was around a second and a half down on that time and had to settle for a second row position behind the Hondas of Valentino Rossi, Daijiro Kato and Tohru Ukawa.

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MotoGP, 2002, SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix

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