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Porto holds firm in rain-hit final session

Porto holds firm in rain-hit final session

Porto holds firm in rain-hit final session

Sebastián Porto hung on to pole for the 250cc race at Sepang after a brief rain shower interrupted the final session, when Randy de Puniet and Anthony West were the only two riders to improve their times.

Porto was in dominant form yesterday but will be well aware of the threat of Dani Pedrosa, who set the fastest time in both the morning and afternoon sessions today and needs just eight points more than the Argentinean to be crowned World Champion in tomorrow's race.

Pedrosa starts his title quest from second place on the grid thanks to his efforts yesterday, whilst De Puniet's quick lap during a brief dry spell propelled him to the front row in third. De Puniet's success was at the expense of Toni Elías, who dropped to the second row in fifth place, with Alex de Angelis hanging on to the front row in fourth.

West moved up to join Elías on the second row in eighth place, behind Hiroshi Aoyama and Fonsi Nieto, who qualified sixth and seventh fastest respectively. Roberto Rolfo, meanwhile, starts his 100th Grand Prix tomorrow from the third row after qualifying tenth fastest.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP2

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