Rossi third fastest at Motegi

Updated: October 4, 2002, 8:39 AM ET

MOTEGI, Japan -- Japan's Daijiro Kato sped to the provisional pole for the Pacific Grand Prix, relegating world champion Valentino Rossi to third.

Italy's Max Biaggi, fighting for the championship runner-up spot, took second in glorious sunshine on the 4.8-km Motegi Twin Ring circuit in eastern Japan.

Rossi, who secured the inaugural MotoGP title with his 10th win of the season in Brazil last month, had a brief spell at the top but missed his chance to clock a final fast lap after ...

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