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Poggiali sets new 125 pole record at Phillip Island, Elias to start from fifth row

Poggiali sets new 125 pole record at Phillip Island, Elias to start from fifth row

Manuel Poggiali was in devastating form at the final qualifying practice for the 125 class at Phillip Island, setting a new pole record at the Australian circuit as title rival Toni Elias languished back in 17th spot. The San Marino rider holds a huge race advantage over his title rival even before the red lights have gone out, and the Spaniard will have to make a great start from the fifth row of the grid if he is to challenge for honours tomorrow.

The only two men able to get within a second of Poggiali´s best time, set by after 12 of 21 laps, were Lucio Cecchinello and Youichi Ui, who enjoyed an entertaining battle for second spot and both set times under Robert Locatelli´s previous record at the circuit.

The rest of the field were closely bunched together on the last few laps and only a few riders were able to make a clean break and improve their position. Gino Borsoi was one of those men and he did enough to knock Alex de Angelis out of the final front row position.

Nobby Ueda also made a late attack to relegate De Angelis to sixth and take top spot on a second row which also features Simone Sanna in seventh and Stefano Perugini in eighth.

Tags:
125cc, 2001, Qantas Australian Grand Prix, QP1

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