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Rain leaves Porto on pole

Rain leaves Porto on pole

Rain leaves Porto on pole

Continued rain in the afternoon prevented many of the 250cc riders from improving their times from yesterday, meaning Sebastian Porto starts from pole position for the sixth time this season.

Porto was also quickest in the dry session this morning and is boosted by poor grid positions for Dani Pedrosa and Randy de Puniet, the two men ahead of him in the championship. Pedrosa starts from the fourth row of the grid in thirteenth place, two places behind de Puniet, who he leads by 34 points at the top of the standings.

Back on the front row, Porto is joined by his team-mate Fonsi Nieto in second place, whilst Alex de Angelis and Sylvain Guintoli make it an all-Aprilia front row as the Italian factory aim for their 100th win in the premier-class.

Roby Rolfo represents the top Honda in fifth place at the front of a second row which also features his team-mate Toni Elias in seventh. The pair sandwich Aprilia privateer Franco Battiani in seventh place, with Hiroshi Aoyama making up the second row on the Honda.


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