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Pedrosa stars in dramatic final qualifying session

Pedrosa stars in dramatic final qualifying session

Pedrosa stars in dramatic final qualifying session

Dani Pedrosa slashed almost two seconds off his provisional qualifying time to take pole position for the Dutch TT at Assen, before crashing and destroying his Honda at the end of the session. The youngster threw caution to the wind this afternoon after struggling through various breakdowns yesterday, smashing his own previous pole record by almost a second after just six laps. Provisional pole holder Alex De Angelis came close to edging the Spaniard off the top of the time sheets at the end of the session but could ultimately only pull to within 0.053 seconds. Steve Jenkner and Stefano Perugini also made vast improvements to their provisional times to seal the final front two positions, with Perugini slipstreaming De Angelis to drop his previous best by 2.041 seconds.

Perugini´s late effort knocked Thomas Luthi off the front row into fifth, after the Swiss youngster had demonstrated he could be ready to repeat his podium heroics from Catalunya with a string of fast laps. Casey Stoner also dropped to the second row in sixth after severe chatter problems prevented him from improving on his provisional front row time from yesterday. Jorge Lorenzo was also unable to improve his provisional time and he was edged to the outside of the second row by Youcihi Ui, who moved up to seventh.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Gauloises Dutch TT

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