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Laconi (500) and Nakano (250) Lead GP Qualifying at Valencia

Qualifying for Sunday’s Valencia Road Race GP saw somewhat surprising results with Regis Laconi (Yamaha) taking pole for 500′s and Shinya Nakano (Yamaha) taking pole for the 250 race.

Behind Laconi came Yamaha’s Max Biaggi and the Honda teammates Alex Criville and Tadayuki Okada.

In 250′s, Loris Capirossi (Honda) qualified in second position, followed by the Yamaha of Olivier Jacque and the Aprilia of Valentino Rossi.

250cc Qualifying Results (Top 10)

1. Shinya Nakano (Yamaha); 1:37.258
2. Loris Capirossi (Honda); 1:37.484
3. Olivier Jacque (Yamaha); 1:37.520
4. Valentino Rossi (Aprilia); 1:37.596
5. Tohru Ukawa (Honda); 1:37.809
6. Ralf Waldmann (Aprilia); 1:38.211
7. Jeremy McWilliams (Aprilia); 1:38.242
8. Luca Boscoscuro (Honda); 1:38.600
9. Franco Battaini (Aprilia); 1:38.605
10. Sebastian Porto (Yamaha); 1:38.764

500cc Qualifying Results (Top 10)

1. Regis Laconi (Yamaha); 1:36.132
2. Max Biaggi (Yamaha); 1:36.293
3. Alex Criville (Honda); 1:36.304
4. Tadayuki Okada (Honda); 1:36.314
5. Carlos Checa (Yamaha); 1:36.344
6. Norick Abe (Yamaha); 1:36.426
7. John Kocinski (Honda); 1:36.433
8. Garry McCoy (Yamaha); 1:36.493
9. Kenny Roberts (Suzuki); 1:36.505
10. Alex Barros (Honda); 1:36.511