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Porto looks for clean sweep from pole

Porto looks for clean sweep from pole

Porto looks for clean sweep from pole

Lap times tumbled in the 250cc class but Sebastián Porto continued his dominance with the fastest time of the session. The Argentinean starts tomorrow's race from pole position having set the pace in every practice so far this weekend, with the man he is desperately trying to catch at the top of the championship, Dani Pedrosa, alongside him on the front row.

Pedrosa was almost two seconds off Porto yesterday but closed to within just a couple of tenths today in what looks likely to be a direct head-to-head between the pair. Alex de Angelis was third fastest, over a second behind Porto, whilst Randy de Puniet also starts from the front row of the grid in fourth.

Toni Elías, who finished second to Pedrosa at the last round in Japan, faces a battle from the front of the second row in fifth place whilst Hiroshi Aoyama, who took his first podium of the season at his home round, lines up in sixth. Franco Battaini and Fonsi Nieto complete the second row.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, QP2

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