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Sep 29, 2001

Rich Oliver Leads AMA 250cc Grand Prix Times At VIR

Saturday Morning 250cc Practice Times:
1. Rich Oliver, Yamaha, 1:29.422
2. Chuck Sorensen, Yamaha, 1:30.002
3. Simon Turner, Yamaha, 1:30.686
4. Randy Renfrow, TSR-Honda, 1:31.514
5. Michael Himmelsbach, Aprilia, 1:32.567
6. Perry Melneciuc, Yamaha, 1:32.786
7. Michael Hannas, II, Yamaha, 1:33.305
8. Ed Sorbo, Yamaha, 1:33.897
9. Cory West, Yamaha, 1:34.060
10. Chris Pyles, Yamaha, 1:35.399

24. Jimmy Filice, Yamaha, 1:48.639

Filice spent Saturday morning at VIR breaking in a new motor on his Corbin Yamaha TZ250. Filice crashed Friday in VIR's turn one when his motor seized. Filice went to the local hospital to have pain in his head and neck investigated but left the medical center at 11:30 p.m. local time with muscle strains as the diagnosis. Filice says that he will race at 100% in the qualifying heats today and the final on Sunday.