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Porto maintains form with Portuguese pole

Porto maintains form with Portuguese pole

Porto maintains form with Portuguese pole

Sebastian Porto beat his own previous pole record in the 250cc class at Estoril today, his lap of 1'41.638 almost a tenth under the time which gave him his debut pole at this circuit two years ago.

Porto, who took victory in the last round at Brno, was just 0.007 seconds quicker than last year's winner Toni Elías whilst series leader Dani Pedrosa made gradual progress throughout the session to lap just 0.041 seconds short of the Argentinean.

Randy de Puniet completes the front row in fourth place after failing to improve his best time in the late charge for grid positions, whilst a last lap effort from Alex de Angelis bumped him up to the front of the second row in fifth. Hiroshi Aoyama escaped unhurt from a crash to qualify sixth fastest, with Manuel Poggiali and Fonsi Nieto joining the Japanese youngster on the provisional second row.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, QP1

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