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Bautista maintains form with pole and victory in Valencia

Bautista maintains form with pole and victory in Valencia

Bautista maintains form with pole and victory in Valencia

Alvaro Bautista continued his sparkling end to the 2003 racing season with pole position and victory at the penultimate round of the 125cc Spanish Championship (CEV) in Valencia. Bautista, who had already taken the title at the previous round in Albacete, set a sensational qualifying time on Saturday of 1'40.266 – two tenths quicker than Alex De Angelis' pole time at the final round of the World Championship at the same circuit two weeks previously.

The Spaniard then dominated Sunday's race, winning by over five seconds from fellow World Championship regular Gabor Talmacsi. Second place for the Hungarian represented a promising debut with Malaguti, having improved his Grand Prix qualifying time on the Aprilia by around a second and a half to line up second on the grid before lapping alone throughout the race.

Dario Giusepetti held on to third place for much of the race but crashed out on the eleventh lap and handed the final podium position to Sergio Gadea, who won a close four-way battle with Manuel Hernández, Georg Frohlich and Mattia Pasini. Gadea now holds a ten point advantage over Hernandez in the battle for second place in the championship with one round remaining.

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125cc, 2003, Alvaro Bautista

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