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De Angelis clinches first provisional pole

De Angelis clinches first provisional pole

De Angelis clinches first provisional pole

Alex de Angelis emulated Nicky Hayden's MotoGP achievement in the 250cc class at Donington Park this afternoon, also setting his first provisional pole with a new record lap for Aprilia.

De Angelis, flying high on confidence after taking his first quarter-litre podium in Germany five days ago, dominated both the morning and afternoon sessions and showed his character with a late lap of 1'33.336 to secure top spot on the provisional grid after Toni Elías had threatened to spoil his day with a late fast lap on the Honda.

Randy de Puniet was third fastest, just 0.008 seconds off the time of Elías, whilst series leader and reigning 125cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa demonstrated typically swift adaptation to the circuit with the final spot on the provisional front row in fourth.

Sebastian Porto, Manuel Poggiali, Alex Debon and Hiroshi Aoyama make up the provisional second row, whilst home favourite Chaz Davies, the Welsh teenager, enjoyed his best session of the season so far with the eleventh fastest time.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, QP1

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