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De Puniet takes second consecutive pole

De Puniet takes second consecutive pole

De Puniet takes second consecutive pole

Randy De Puniet took pole position for the second consecutive race after a hard fought battle in the Jerez sunshine this afternoon, recovering from a crash late in the final qualifying practice to snatch top spot from Manuel Poggiali on his reserve machine. With Franco Battaini also riding strongly throughout the session it soon became a three way Aprilia tussle for the front spot on tomorrow´s starting grid, but De Puniet´s strong finish was enough to edge out series leader Poggiali to second spot and hold back Battaini in third. The final front row position went to Roberto Rolfo, who finished second here last season and is showing signs of progress on the Honda.

Whilst the injured Toni Elias was unable to improve on his time from yesterday, fellow Spaniard Fonsi Nieto did make slight progress and qualified just ahead of his team-mate in fifth place. Sebastian Porto suffered another crash but made the outside of the second row in eighth place, just behind Australian Anthony West.

Tags:
250cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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