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Elias on top as four riders lap under 125 best pole at Brno

Elias on top as four riders lap under 125 best pole at Brno

Toni Elias eventually emerged on top of the pile and on pole position for the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno this afternoon in a breathtaking 125cc final qualifying session which went right to the wire. Four riders lapped under the previous best pole at the circuit, set by Roberto Locatelli in 1999 with 2´09.384.

Lucio Cecchinello looked to have wrapped matters up with a fastest ever lap five minutes from the end of the session, but as Simone Sanna got within 0.069 seconds of his Italian compatriot, Elias and Ui emerged from their pit garages to set a pair of outstanding laps to take first and second spot. Elias came within a whisker of the 2´09 mark at 2´09.062, out of Ui´s reach with 22 seconds remaining of the session, leaving him no time to react.

It was a fiercely contested session throughout, with the top ten riders separated by less than one second. Czech rider Jakub Smrz delighted the home by taking fifth place on the grid, improving his provisional time by 2.5 seconds. Smrz won´t be the only person making his second row debut tomorrow, as Hungarian hope Gabor Talmacsi followed up a solid performance yesterday with the eighth fastest time overall today. The pair will sandwich Steve Jenkner in sixth and Nobby Ueda in seventh.

Championship leader Manuel Poggiali has his work cut out after qualifying eleventh on the grid. Pole setter Elias lies just 3 points behind him in the current rider standings.

Tags:
125cc, 2001, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, QP1

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