May 4, 2002
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<BR>Copyright 2202, Roadracing world Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>250cc GP Qualifying Times:<BR>1. Franco Battaini, Aprilia, 1:44.803<BR>2. Fonsi Nieto, Aprilia, 1:45.268<BR>3. Marco Melandri, Aprilia, 1:45.323<BR>4. Sebastian Porto, Yamaha, 1:45.499<BR>5. Roberto Rolfo, Honda, 1:45.580<BR>6. Randy De Puniet, Aprilia, 1:45.596<BR>7. Casey Stoner, Aprilia, 1:45.648<BR>8. Alex Debon, Aprilia, 1:45.694<BR>9. Emilio Alzamora, Honda, 1:45.964<BR>10. Toni Elias, Aprilia, 1:46.170<BR>11. Naoki Matsudo, Yamaha, 1:46.293<BR>12. Roberto Locatelli, Aprilia, 1:46.440<BR>13. Raul Jara, Aprilia, 1:46.502<BR>14. David Checa, Aprilia, 1:46.545<BR>15. Haruchika Aoki, Honda, 1:46.630<BR><BR>More from an Aprilia press release:<BR><BR>Marco Melandri comes third in pole qualifying session. Three Aprilia RSW 250 bikes on the first row of the grid.<BR><BR>It was in the closing stages of today's qualifying sessions that Marco made his bid to confirm the provisional pole he scored yesterday. Marco Melandri spent most of the session concentrating entirely on working out the best settings for tomorrow's race. It is going to be a race in which the opening stages could be crucial. Macio thus took the time he needed to prepare everything to make sure he has all the potential he needs to be in top form for the third race in the championship.<BR><BR>Marco Melandri # 3 (MS APRILIA RACING) – 3rd 1'45.323<BR><BR>"I must say I thought it would be easier to improve the bike today. But instead we had a tough time, for I wasn't as fast as I wanted to be. Then things improved and we worked out some better solutions. What really matters, apart from the start, is to get to the final stages with still something to spare. Some of the tyres we tried out today started sliding after just a few laps. This isn't going to be a race like Welkom: the start's going to be hard and it won't be easy to break out into the lead. I imagine the opening stages are going to be hard-fought and then it'll be a matter of strategy and determination to win."<BR><BR>125cc GP Qualifying Times:<BR>1. Pablo Nieto, Aprilia, 1:49.018<BR>2. Arnaud Vincent, Aprilia, 1:49.186<BR>3. Manuel Poggiali, Gilera, 1:49.227<BR>4. Alex DeAngelis, Aprilia, 1:49.248<BR>5. Steve Jenkner, Aprilia, 1:49.287<BR>6. Lucio Cechinello, Aprilia, 1:49.494<BR>7. Gino Borsoi, Aprilia, 1:49.786<BR>8. Simone Sanna, Aprilia, 1:49.831<BR>9. Andrea Dovizioso, Honda, 1:49.936<BR>10. Youichi Ui, Derbi, 1:50.029<BR>