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Simoncelli steps up the pace to maintain pole

Simoncelli steps up the pace to maintain pole

Simoncelli steps up the pace to maintain pole

Marco Simoncelli hung on to his provisional pole position with an improved effort in the final qualifying session for the 125cc Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky this afternoon, holding off the challenge of Andrea Dovizioso in a late gamble for times as a dry line began to form.

Whilst Gabor Talmacsi and Steve Jenkner crashed out of a potential pole laps, Julian Simon took advantage to make the front row of the grid for the first time, where he was joined by fellow Spanish teenager Jorge Lorenzo.

Roberto Locatelli trails Dovizioso by 22-points at the top of the championship but could only qualify in a lowly 24th place today whilst Hector Barberá, who lies two points behind Locatelli in third place, was 25th. Casey Stoner, who still has an outside chance of catching Dovizioso despite missing the last two races through injury, starts from the second row in sixth place.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, QP2

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