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Porto takes advantage of dry line to pole

Porto takes advantage of dry line to pole

Porto takes advantage of dry line to pole

The sun began to gradually force its way through the thick grey clouds at Brno this afternoon, making life even more difficult for the 250cc riders, who had to deal with a mixture of conditions throughout their session.

Ant West dominated during the wet opening stages but was one of several riders to misjudge a deceptive dry line which formed during the late push for times, crashing out with just minutes left.

Sebastian Porto made an opportunist surge to the top of the time sheets, fitting a slick tyre at the last moment and snatching provisional pole ahead of his team-mate Fonsi Nieto, whilst Alex de Angelis and Sylvain Guintoli made it an all-Aprilia front row.

Roby Rolfo was the highest Honda, qualifying fifth fastest on his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder during practice at Donington. Rolfo heads up the second row ahead of Franco Battaini, Toni Elias and Hiroshi Aoyama, whilst Dani Pedrosa, who leads the championship, struggled to master the conditions on his first visit to this track with a 250 and could only qualify 20th.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, QP1

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