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De Puniet on pole and Poggiali fourth as Rolfo challenge fades

De Puniet on pole and Poggiali fourth as Rolfo challenge fades

De Puniet on pole and Poggiali fourth as Rolfo challenge fades

Randy De Puniet took pole position for the 250cc race after a battle with French compatriot Sylvain Guintoli and home favourite Toni Elias. However, the focus of attention in the final session was undoubtedly on the only remaining title contenders, Manuel Poggiali and Roberto Rolfo. Whilst series leader Poggiali, who holds a seven point advantage in the current rider standings, shook off flu symptoms to qualify fourth fastest, Rolfo struggled to find a set-up for his Honda and could only manage tenth.

Poggiali starts from the outside of the front row behind fellow Aprilia riders De Puniet, Elias and Guintoli respectively, whilst Rolfo will look to make his charge from the third row behind his factory colleague Sebastian Porto. Local favourites Alex Debon and Fonsi Nieto qualified in fifth and seventh respectively to seal second row starts alongside Franco Battaini and Naoki Matsudo.

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250cc, 2003, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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