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Elias on pole but doubtful for the race

Elias on pole but doubtful for the race

Elias on pole but doubtful for the race

Toni Elias holds pole position for the 250cc race although it is unclear yet whether or not he will ride. The 20 year old was knocked off his Aprilia by a wildcard rider at the end of the morning free practice session and suffered concussion and a nasty cut to his chin. After deciding not to ride this afternoon, Elias was taken to a hospital in Lisbon for precautionary tests. However, none of the other riders were able to match Elias' time from yesterday, with second placed Randy De Puniet only able to come within 0.203 seconds of the Spaniard.

De Puniet's French compatriot Sylvain Guintoli will make his first ever front row start from third place, just ahead of series leader Manuel Poggiali. Fonsi Nieto suffered a mechanical problem when trying to improve his times at the end of the session and will start from the back of the second row in eighth place behind Sebastian Porto, Franco Battaini and Roberto Rolfo.

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250cc, 2003, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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