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Dovizioso takes first ever Qatari pole

Dovizioso takes first ever Qatari pole

Dovizioso takes first ever Qatari pole

Andrea Dovizioso became the first man ever to clinch a Grand Prix pole position in Qatar, albeit provisionally, in this afternoon's first qualifying practice for Saturday's 125cc race. The current series leader dominated the session virtually from start to finish, setting a time of 2'13.907 on his final lap to dislodge Roberto Locatelli, just seconds after his compatriot had set the best time of the afternoon.

Dovizioso's team-mate Simone Corsi, who recently revealed that he would be joining Seedorf Racing in 2005, continued with his impressive run of form and set the third fastest time to join an all-Italian provisional front row, with Marco Simoncelli clinching fourth.

Casey Stoner launched a pole attack on his last lap but dropped half a second in the final two sections, his time only good enough for fifth place. The Australian is joined on the provisional second row by KTM team-mate Mika Kallio, Mirko Giansanti and Jorge Lorenzo.

Hector Barberá was thirteenth fastest and Alvaro Bautista, fastest in the morning practice, sixteenth in a session which mercifully had no crashes.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, QP1

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