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Battaini remains the quickest man in the 250 class

Battaini remains the quickest man in the 250 class

Battaini remains the quickest man in the 250 class

As opposed to what happened two weeks ago in Suzuka, Franco Battaini managed to hold on to the provisional pole he secured on Friday, as he was again quickest in the second 250 qualifying session which was full of changes and surprises. Young Spaniard Raul Jara pulled off the biggest shock of the day, finishing seventh quickest behind compatriot Fonsi Nieto and one place ahead of Austrailian rookie Casey Stoner who claimed a noteworthy eighth, and a place on the second row.

The battle for pole came down to Italians, Melandri and Battaini. The former dominated most of the session, but his countryman bettered him with fifteen minutes remaining, and then went quicker again with just four minutes left to confirm his superiority. Another Italian, Roberto Rolfo came in third, and prevented a repeat of the front row riders from Suzuka, as Frenchman Randy De Puniet enjoyed a much better session and ended up fourth fastest. The pole winner from Suzuka, Fonsi Nieto, was fifth some 51 thousandths off fourth spot.

Tags:
250cc, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix

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