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Dovizioso takes first step with provisional pole

Dovizioso takes first step with provisional pole

Dovizioso takes first step with provisional pole

Andrea Dovizioso took his first step towards the podium finish he needs to be proclaimed 125cc World Champion with provisional pole position at Sepang this afternoon. The Italian youngster was in impressive form as he swept to a time of 2'13.685 in cloudy and humid conditions, holding off the challenge of Hector Barberá by 0.218 seconds.

Barberá saw a potential pole lap ruined just moments from the end of the session, saving a high-side on his Aprilia with two corners to go but wrecking his lap time. The Spaniard is joined on the provisional front row by Mika Kallio and Pablo Nieto.

Jorge Lorenzo was a full second adrift of Dovizioso's pole time as he took the front slot on the provisional second row in fifth place ahead of Roberto Locatelli, Casey Stoner and Marco Simoncelli.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP1

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