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Barberá seals Rio pole

Barberá seals Rio pole

Barberá seals Rio pole

Hector Barberá improved his provisional pole time by 0.417 seconds in the Rio sunshine this afternoon to comfortably seal front spot on the grid for tomorrow's 125cc race. The Spanish youngster was watched from the Seedorf Racing garage by one of the team's major collaborators, Brazilian football star Roberto Carlos, as he set a new pole record of 1'57.323 to hold off the challenge of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo at the end of the session.

With Dovizioso taking second place and Lorenzo third, Mattia Pasini clinched the final front row spot with a late effort which ousted Casey Stoner from fourth. Like Stoner, Roberto Locatelli also lost his provisional front row slot after failing to improve on his time from yesterday, dropping to sixth place ahead of Mirko Giansanti, who crashed, and Pablo Nieto.

Barberá set his best time despite hurting his neck in a crash this morning, whilst there were also falls today for Giansanti, Mika Kallio and Mike Di Meglio.

125cc, 2004

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