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De Angelis seals fourth pole position of the season in Valencia

De Angelis seals fourth pole position of the season in Valencia

De Angelis seals fourth pole position of the season in Valencia

Alex De Angelis has clocked the fastest laptime under sunny skies at Valencia this afternoon to capture his fourth pole position of 2003 in what will be his 11th front row start from 16 Grand Prix.

The young rider from San Marino is currently fighting for the number two plate in the World Championship standings and currently holds the runner-up spot with a seven point advantage from Stefano Perugini who placed sixth quickest to assume that position on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Breezy but warmer and brighter conditions for today's qualification saw every rider in the class improve their efforts from a cold and blustery Friday's activities with hardly any fallers. In a packed and busy paddock with many teams and riders organising their plans for 2004 the last qualification of the year gave several people the chance to shine in front of potential employers. Provisional pole holder Simoncelli was among a group consisting of Hector Barbera, Steve Jenkner, De Angelis, Andrea Dovizioso and Pablo Nieto who all headed the timing screens at one stage or another during the 30 minute period. Entering the final moments the session turned into a duel between De Angelis, Nieto and Simoncelli. Nieto eventually gained second place on the front row with Simoncelli third and Barbera, moving all the way up from the rear of the provisional grid, to complete the front line for Sunday at this home GP and gave the Aspar team two riders in the top four.

Heading the second row was Dovizioso in front of Perugini, Alvaro Bautista and Casey Stoner rounding out the top eight.

The three retiring riders from the World Championship and who finished their last GP qualification today, Lucio Cecchinello, Masao Azuma and Emilio Alzamora, placed 15th, 31st, 28th respectively.

Absent and injured World Champion Dani Pedrosa took pole at this GP 12 months ago and no rider this afternoon could get near his one-year old laptime. The Spaniard will undertake a lap of honour tomorrow.

125cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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