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Pedrosa storms to record pole

Pedrosa storms to record pole

Pedrosa storms to record pole

Dani Pedrosa upstaged his title rivals with a stunning performance in the final qualifying session for the 250cc race, clocking a record lap as both provisional pole holder Sebastian Porto and second placed Toni Elías failed to improve their times from yesterday. Pedrosa's time of 1'41.417 was 0.221 seconds quicker than the previous record set by Porto and moved him from provisional third to the front of the grid for only the second time this season.

Whilst Porto was relegated to second place and Elías third, Randy de Puniet hung on to the remaining front row spot, as fifth placed Alex de Angelis failed to improve his provisional time.

De Angelis therefore remains at the head of the second row, where he is joined by Fonsi Nieto, Alex Debon and Manuel Poggiali. Hiroshi Aoyama lost his place on the provisional second row has he dropped to ninth position and will now start from the front of row three ahead of Franco Battiani, Anthony West and Alex Baldolini.

Chaz Davies recovered from gruesome treatment on his swollen hand last night, which involved puncturing the end of his fingers to remove excess blood as well as the insertion of seven stitches in his arm, to improve his time and move up to sixteenth on the grid with a brave ride.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, QP2

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