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Stoner out of Czech GP as Pedrosa takes provisional pole

Stoner out of Czech GP as Pedrosa takes provisional pole

Stoner out of Czech GP as Pedrosa takes provisional pole

Casey Stoner has been ruled out of the Czech Grand Prix after breaking his collarbone in the first qualifying session. The Australian teenager was dominating proceedings and looked to be on his way to provisional pole when he highsided his Aprilia on a fast lap just six minutes from the end. A number of riders mounted pole attempts in a typically frenetic finale but only Dani Pedrosa could overcome Stoner with a clean lap of 2'09.330.

Stefano Perugini made the most of his slipstreaming experience to clock a series of fast laps at the end of the session which moved him up to third place, whilst Youichi Ui faltered in the final section of a promising pole attempt and qualified fourth. Mika Kallio enjoyed an excellent debut on the KTM, provisionally qualifying on the second row in eighth, whilst fifteen year old female debutante Marketa Janakova was the highest placed wildcard, comfortably qualifying in 31st position.

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125cc, 2003, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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