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Elias impressive in first qualifying session

Elias impressive in first qualifying session

Elias impressive in first qualifying session

After taking his first podium in six races at Brno three weeks ago, Toni Elias hinted that he is ready to maintain a title challenge with an impressive provisional pole in the 250cc class. The Spaniard was 0.481 seconds quicker than nearest rival Randy De Puniet, setting his best time halfway through the session before reverting to set-up work on his Aprilia. Whilst Elias was held up by a slower rider in the late push for lap times, Manuel Poggiali and Roberto Rolfo were able to secure front row slots in the final few minutes, restricting Fonsi Nieto to fifth.

Sebastian Porto crashed with just fifteen minutes remaining but made it back to the track to set the sixth fastest time on his Honda. Team-mates Franco Battaini and Sylvain Guintoli complete the provisional second row.

Tags:
250cc, 2003, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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