Motorcycling: Hodgson's off to flier.
The HM Plant Ducati rider, right, lapped the Italian circuit in one minute 48.282 seconds to lead Castrol Honda rival Colin Edwards.
A fine display last time out in Sugo, Japan, saw the Burnleyborn rider leap into third place in the drivers' championship.
With a year-old bike, Hodgson was not expected to set the pace this weekend - but Edwards and world champion Troy Bayliss were left floundering as the Englishman set the pace yesterday.
Ducati Infostrada's Bayliss - a six-time winner this season - was almost a full second adrift of Hodgson while L&M Ducati star Ben Bostrom completes the provisional front row.
Hodgson's team-mate James Toseland, from Sheffield, clocked the sixth-fastest time of the day.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||May 11, 2002|
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