Cadalora's main rivals for the 500cc crown - in the absence of his former team-mate, the American Wayne Rainey, who is paralysed from the waist down after crashing in last season's Italian Grand Prix - will be two Australians, Michael Doohan, on a Honda, and Daryl Beattie, who has replaced Rainey, and two Americans, Kevin
Schwantz, defending his title, and John Kocinski, on a Cagiva.
Schwantz, who won the 500cc championship for the first time last year, is racing with a cast on his left arm after a fall from his mountain bike at home in Texas three weeks ago. He could only manage the fifth-fastest time in yesterday's first qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix at Eastern Creek, near Sydney. Kocinski was quickest in 1min 31.233sec, followed by Cadalora, Doohan and Beattie.Reuse content