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De Angelis takes second successive pole in record time

De Angelis takes second successive pole in record time

De Angelis takes second successive pole in record time

Alex De Angelis took his second straight pole position with a new record at the Estoril circuit in ideal conditions this afternoon. With yesterday's strong winds having reduced to a gentle breeze, the San Marino youngster dominated the session and was able to lap 1.5 seconds quicker than his provisional pole time with a sensational lap of 1'45.580. Dani Pedrosa snatched second spot on the grid in an entertaining climax to the session which saw riders chop and change positions right the way through the grid.

One of the main casualties of the late push for times was Steve Jenkner, who dropped from second place all the way back to the third row in a matter of minutes. Gino Borsoi then joined team-mate De Angelis at the top of the time sheets before he also dropped back, with Jorge Lorenzo leading a five-rider charge which pushed the Italian out to seventh. Lorenzo briefly held second before a last lap effort from Pedrosa nudged him out to third, with Perugini clinching the final front row spot in fourth.

Pablo Nieto sealed the front spot on the second row in fifth whilst Marco Simoncelli achieved his best ever qualifying position in sixth. Andrea Dovizioso completes the second row in eighth, although his lap time was less than a second slower than pole setter De Angelis. Youcihi Ui will make his first start on the Gilera from twelfth, one place ahead of Arnaud Vincent who will race an Aprilia for the first time since winning the title at Valencia last November.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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