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Pablo Nieto takes the first pole of his career in Jerez

Pablo Nieto takes the first pole of his career in Jerez

Pablo Nieto takes the first pole of his career in Jerez

Pablo Nieto took the first pole position of his career, confirming the early promise he has already shown in the previous rounds of this season´s World Championship. The Spaniard who rides for the team of Jorge Martinez ´Aspar´moved to the top of the time sheets on his last lap in the session, overtaking current championship leader Arnaud Vincent.

Manuel Poggiali had started the session as leader, but was carrying an injury after falling in the morning´s free practice. Lucio Cecchinello was the first rider to take over top spot, but a fall in the final minutes put paid to his chances of defending his advantage, and he eventually qualified sixth. Poggiali overcame his pain and moved into first position with nine minutes remaining, but Vincent came back strongly to surpass him just five minutes later. However Pablo Nieto saved his best until last, and in doing so claimed his first ever pole.

Daniel Pedrosa wasn't able to better his times of yesterday after suffering problems in his left wrist following a fall in the free session. The Spaniard qualified on the second row in eighth.

Tags:
125cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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