New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Perugini sets new pole record Phillip Island

Perugini sets new pole record Phillip Island

Perugini sets new pole record Phillip Island

One week after losing out on the 125cc World Championship to Dani Pedrosa, Stefano Perugini set a new pole record at the Phillip Island circuit to start tomorrow's race from the front of the grid in the absence of his Spanish rival. Whilst Pedrosa was recovering in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne today after undergoing a successful four hour operation on his legs last night, Perugini clocked a lap of 1'37.342 to snatch top spot from Alex De Angelis at the end of an entertaining session.

Provisional pole holder Jorge Lorenzo had remained unchallenged for much of the practice until De Angelis took control with five minutes remaining. Mika Kallio and home favourite Casey Stoner both mounted pole attacks in the dying stages but were unable to match the pace of Perugini's late effort and had to settle for front row starts behind De Angelis. Lorenzo was unable to lower his best time from yesterday and dropped to the second row in fifth place, ahead Hector Barbera, Mirko Giansanti, Andrea Dovizioso and Steve Jenkner.

Wildcard riders Joshua Waters and Matt Kuhne both qualified for the race, meaning 15 year old Kuhne will tomorrow become the youngest ever Australian to start a Grand Prix.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix

Other updates you may be interested in ›