Biaggi claims provisional Rio pole

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Yamaha’s soon-to-be-ex rider Max Biaggi has slotted his Yamaha M1 on provisional pole at the Nelson Piquet Circuit in Rio ahead of Saturday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

His time of 1:51.854 pipped Valentino Rossi’s RCV to the place by just over a tenth of a second. Ominously for Honda, Carlos Checa confirmed Yamaha’s continuing improvement – posting a time of 1:51975 to take third spot ahead of Alex Barros on the West Honda Pons NSR.

Rossi’s only title rival, his Repsol Honda teammate Tohru Ukawa qualified 11th on the provisional grid, just ahead of Jeremy McWilliams.

There’s no word yet on Biaggi’s replacement at Yamaha for 2003, nor any definitive statement on where he go, but current rumours put him, bizarrely, on a ride with the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha squad. We’ll bring you more news on this as we get it…


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