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Elias bounces back to take third straight pole

Elias bounces back to take third straight pole

Elias bounces back to take third straight pole

Toni Elias recovered from a crash early in the final qualifying session for the 250cc race to set pole position on his last lap. In the absence of Elias and provisional pole setter Randy De Puniet, who also crashed early in the session, Franco Battaini looked on course for pole as he moved to the top of the time sheets in the final minutes. However, whilst De Puniet was treated for a minor injury to his left heel, Elias returned to the track with a vengeance, wrestling his third consecutive pole position from the Italian. De Puniet's time was enough for third place though, as Sebastian Porto edged up onto the front row in fourth.

A late effort from Sylvain Guintoli sealed the front place on the second row in fifth, just ahead of leading wildcard rider Hiroshi Aoyama. Championship leader Manuel Poggiali will start from seventh, with Naoki Matsudo completing the second row at his home race in eighth. Wildcard riders Tomoyoshi Koyama and Yuki Takahashi, who crashed, are joined on the third row by Roberto Rolfo and Chaz Davies, who recorded his best ever qualifying result in twelfth.

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250cc, 2003

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