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Nieto hangs on for home pole

Nieto hangs on for home pole

Nieto hangs on for home pole

Pablo Nieto barely broke sweat this afternoon as he stood firm at the top of the time sheets to take pole position for Gran Premio Marlboro de España. In baking hot conditions at the Jerez circuit several riders were unable to improve on their provisional times, leaving Nieto to repeat his pole from last year with a time of 1´47.711 – a new record for a 125cc machine at this track. Fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who had set a breathtaking 1´46.938 in this morning´s free practice, crashed his number one machine with ten minutes remaining and had to settle for fourth place on the grid.

Lucio Cecchinello was the only man to really threaten Nieto, moving up to second place on the grid but remaining 0.348 seconds off the pace of the local hero. Cecchinello relegated De Angelis, who also failed to improve his provisional time, to third place.

Andrea Dovizisio was another man who could not step up the pace from yesterday, the Italian slipping to the outside of the second row as Steve Jenkner, Youichi Ui and Hector Barbera moved ahead of him.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de España

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