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Pedrosa claims his second successive pole after session of late drama

Pedrosa claims his second successive pole after session of late drama

Pedrosa claims his second successive pole after session of late drama

History repeated itself in the 125 class, as just in Suzuka, Manuel Poggiali lost the provisional pole he claimed on Friday to Daniel Pedrosa in the second qualifying session. The San Marino rider struggled to improve on the time he posted yesterday, whereas the young Spaniard took only eleven minutes of the session to move to the top of the time sheets.

The top four riders ended up being separated by less than one tenth of a second. Poggiali finished second, Pablo Nieto third, and current championship leader, Arnaud Vincent completed the front row line-up. Lucio Cecchinello qualified in fifth, but some three tenths of a second down on Pedrosa´s mark.

Just a couple of minutes before the end of the session, a fall by Masao Azuma resulted in the red flag being shown as the Honda of Japanese rider was still on the track. The majority of riders came back out after the incident to try and take advantage of the final few seconds, but there were no further changes.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix

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