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Porto continues form with provisional pole

Porto continues form with provisional pole

Porto continues form with provisional pole

Sebastian Porto continued his good run of qualifying form in the first practice session for the 250cc race at Motegi, clinching provisional pole with a lap just two tenths outside Shinya Nakano's long-standing record from 2000.

The Argentinean, who has qualified in the top two at the last six rounds, clocked his best time with twenty minutes of the session remaining and remained out of the reach of local wildcard Yuki Takahashi, who closed to within 0.088 seconds with his last lap.

Last year's winner Toni Elias, who also took victory in the last round at Estoril, was third fastest whilst Alex de Angelis completes the provisional front row in fourth. Randy de Puniet qualified fifth fastest to head up the provisional second row from team-mates Hiroshi Aoyama and Dani Pedrosa, who leads the championship, and Anthony West.

World Champion Manuel Poggiali qualified ninth fastest, with Roberto Rolfo, Shuhei Aoyama and Fonsi Nieto joining him on the provisional third row.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, QP1

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