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Dovizioso takes first pole of the season

Dovizioso takes first pole of the season

Dovizioso takes first pole of the season

Andrea Dovizioso claimed the upper hand in the final qualifying session for the 125cc race at Welkom tomorrow, taking the first pole position of the season in a time of 1'40.942. It was the second pole of the Italian teenager's fledgling career and confirmed his title potential amongst an intensely competitive field including former World Champion Roberto Locatelli, who had dominated proceedings up until this afternoon.

Locatelli had been comfortably the fastest rider in the previous three sessions but could do nothing to stop Dovizioso today, despite lapping within 0.082 seconds of his compatriot. Mirko Giansanti made it three Italians in the top three positions with a surprise late lap after Mike Di Meglio had muscled his way onto the front row for the first time.

Giansanti's effort pushed the French teenager out to fourth place and relegated Casey Stoner to fifth, meaning the young Australian will make his KTM debut starting from the second row. He is joined there by Spaniards Pablo Nieto and Alvaro Bautista, who sandwich Marco Simoncelli in seventh place.

Hector Barbera, the form man of the preseason and the highest ranked rider in the class, struggled to the eleventh quickest time whilst another favourite, Steve Jenkner is back on the fifth row in eighteenth.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, BETANDWIN.COM AFRICA'S GRAND PRIX

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