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Pedrosa completes Motegi pole hat-trick

Pedrosa completes Motegi pole hat-trick

Pedrosa completes Motegi pole hat-trick

Dani Pedrosa and Hiroshi Aoyama sealed a one-two for Honda at the front of the 250cc grid as pole contender Randy de Puniet ran off track at the end of the session.

De Puniet was able to avoid crashing but could do nothing to stop Pedrosa from clinching pole at Motegi for the third successive season, his previous two efforts coming in the 125cc class, despite suffering from a fractured toe suffered in a practice crash yesterday.

With Aoyama's last lap effort moving him up to his highest grid position this year in second place, De Puniet was forced to settle for third, the lone Aprilia in the top four as Toni Elias completed the front row on his Honda.

Sebastian Porto was unable to improve on his provisional pole time and dropped to fifth place. The Argentinean is joined on the second row by wildcard rider Yuki Takahashi, Alex de Angelis and Anthony West, who all also failed to improve their best times from yesterday in the hot and humid conditions.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, QP2

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