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Porto takes pole for ‘home' race

Porto takes pole for ‘home' race

Porto takes pole for ‘home' race

Sebastian Porto delighted the local crowd with pole position for the 250cc race at Rio, the Argentinean clocking a new record of 1'52.503 to resist the attentions of resurgent Honda rider Toni Elias.

With Elias finally settling for his highest grid position of the season in second place, Porto will also be joined on the front row of the grid by Aprilia colleagues Randy De Puniet and Manuel Poggiali, the current series leader and World Champion respectively.

Alex De Angelis and Dani Pedrosa were both impressive on their first visit to Rio with the quarter-litre machine, setting the fifth and sixth fastest times to lead the second row from privateer team-mates Sylvain Guintoli and Franco Battaini.

Roby Rolfo continued to suffer set-up problems and qualified ninth fastest, heading up the third row from Fonsi Nieto, Ant West and Alex Debon.

250cc, 2004

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