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McWilliams takes second pole at Phillip Island

McWilliams takes second pole at Phillip Island

McWilliams takes second pole at Phillip Island

Jeremy McWilliams turned in a sensational performance at Phillip Island this afternoon to take his second pole position at the Australian venue on a day of glory for his Proton team. The lightweight KR3 machine proved perfectly suited to the flowing track and the team´s joy at McWilliams´ record lap of 1´31.919 was complete when Nobuatsu Aoki slotted into third place on the grid as the chequered flag was waved. With home hero Garry McCoy taking his Dunlop-shod Red Bull Yamaha YZR500 to second place on the grid, Jurgen vd Goorbergh made it the first all two-stroke, non-Michelin front row of the season by clinching fourth aboard the Kanemoto Honda NSR500, on Bridgestone like McWilliams and Aoki.

Alex Barros started the session on provisional pole position but was unable to maintain the lightning pace of the two-strokes as he consolidated with fifth spot as the highest four-stroke aboard the RC211V. Fellow four-stroke Honda riders Tohru Ukawa and Valentino Rossi also had to settle for second row starts in sixth and seventh place respectively, whilst previous pole record holder Max Biaggi qualified in eighth on the M1.

Norick Abe crashed his M1 in the morning practice and was unable to contest the final qualifying session, although his time from yesterday was enough for the final slot on the grid. The Japanese rider will undergo a medical tomorrow morning before deciding whether he is fit to race.

MotoGP, 2002, SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix

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