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De Angelis clinches first pole

De Angelis clinches first pole

De Angelis clinches first pole

Alex de Angelis consolidated his swift recent progression in the 250cc class with his first pole position at the Cinzano British Grand Prix, just six days after his maiden podium at Sachsenring.

The San Marino youngster, who has yet to win a Grand Prix in any class, set a new record lap of 1'32.430 to seal the front slot on the grid ahead of factory Aprilia colleague Sebastian Porto.

Honda team-mates Dani Pedrosa and Hiroshi Aoyama made it three rookies on the front row of the quarter-litre grid, with Japanese 250cc Champion Aoyama in the top four for the first time since he set pole position as a wildcard at Suzuka last year.

Aoyama's late effort knocked Randy de Puniet, who lies second in the championship to Pedrosa with a 25-point deficit to the Spaniard, down to fifth place.

The Frenchman will now start from the second row of the grid alongside Toni Elias, Manuel Poggiali and Ant West, who finished third here last year. Home favourite Chaz Davies sealed his best grid position of the year and will start from the third row in twelfth place.


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