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Pedrosa gets the party started

Pedrosa gets the party started

Pedrosa gets the party started

Dani Pedrosa began a weekend of celebrations in style with a dominant performance in the first qualifying session for the 250cc race at Valencia. Pedrosa, who won the quarter-litre title at the last round in Australia, raised expectation amongst the home crowd with a lap of 1'36.830 – some 0.404 seconds quicker than nearest challenger Sebastián Porto and 0.818 seconds clear of third placed Alex de Angelis.

Pedrosa's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama completed a positive first day for the Telefonica Movistar Honda outfit with the final spot on the provisional front row in fourth place, relegating Franco Battaini to the second row after an inspired charge from the Italian saw him flirting with second place just minutes from the end.

Last year's winner Randy de Puniet and Toni Elias, who fought for victory with the Frenchman on the last lap here twelve months ago, join Battaini on the provisional second row ahead of Naoki Matsudo.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, QP1

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