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Battaini storms to provisional pole in 250cc class

Battaini storms to provisional pole in 250cc class

Battaini storms to provisional pole in 250cc class

Italian rider Franco Battiani sprung a surprise in the first qualifying session of the quarter-litre category by claiming provisional pole ahead of Fonsi Nieto and Marco Melandri who finished one and two tenths behind him respectively. Battiani was very consistent throughout the session and continued to better his times whenever his rivals threatened to close in on him.

Campetella team-mates, Debón and De Puniet, completed the group of five Aprilias who dominated the field ahead of the Yamaha of Sebastián Porto who ended sixth. The best placed Honda was that of Roberto Rolfo who came in ninth behind 250 debutant Toni Elías, and ahead of stable-mate Emilio Alzamora.

There were no serious fallers in the session.

Tags:
250cc, 2002, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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