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Biaggi enjoys Yamaha swansong with MotoGP pole at Valencia

Biaggi enjoys Yamaha swansong with MotoGP pole at Valencia

Biaggi enjoys Yamaha swansong with MotoGP pole at Valencia

Max Biaggi took his last ever pole position for Yamaha this afternoon as Alex Barros and Daijiro Kato failed to improve their provisional times from yesterday. The Brazilian and the Japanese were unable to find an answer to Biaggi´s pole attack and had to settle for second and third respectively, as the Italian rose to the top of the time sheets with fourteen minutes remaining and consolidated his place at the front of the starting grid with some consistent fast laps.

There were no changes to the top ten positions on the grid for the first half an hour of the session, when Kenny Roberts moved up to ninth, whilst the first notable impression on the top positions was made by Carlos Checa, who moved onto the front row just past the halfway mark. The Spaniard was soon dislodged by Valentino Rossi but immediately recovered fourth place only to crash out as the session reached an exciting climax and Garry McCoy relegated him to fifth with a late charge.

Checa was uninjured in the crash and he will line up for tomorrow´s race on the second row ahead of Rossi, Tohru Ukawa and Jeremy McWilliams. Shinya Nakano was unable to improve on the lap which put him in fifth place on the provisional grid and eventually slid back to ninth. Just 2.395 seconds cover the whole grid.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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