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Poggiali untouchable at Assen

Poggiali untouchable at Assen

Poggiali untouchable at Assen

Manuel Poggiali went from strength to strength in the Dutch sunshine this afternoon, continually improving his lap times to consolidate his provisional pole position with a new circuit record of 2´04.050.

As several of the top riders concentrated on their set-up for tomorrow´s race, it was not until the second half of the session that the lap times began to pick up, although Poggiali remained in supreme control at the top of the time sheets as he systematically destroyed the previous pole record held by current World Champion Marco Melandri. Randy De Puniet moved to within 0.536 seconds of Poggiali to seal second place on his last lap, relegating Toni Elias and Fonsi Nieto, who did not improve his provisional time, to third and fourth place respectively.$$$ Nieto only just hung on to his front row slot as Sebastian Porto edged to within 0.054 seconds of an all-Aprilia front row on his Honda. Porto is joined on the second row by factory team-mate Roberto Rolfo, as the two Hondas sandwich the Aprilias of team-mates Silvain Guintoli and Franco Battaini.

Tags:
250cc, 2003, Gauloises Dutch TT

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