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Porto complete final test on top

Porto complete final test on top

Porto complete final test on top

Porto ended today's final 250cc session on top of the time sheets after taking advantage of a brief spell of warm sunshine to smash his own pole position record by almost a second with a stunning lap of 1'42.817.

The majority of riders had not emerged on track until 1pm due to damp track conditions caused by overnight rain and were unable to push their machines to the limit because of limited grip, but Aprilia rider Porto was in the right place at the right time with a virtually perfect lap which also dipped under the unofficial circuit record of 1'42.9, set by current World Champion Dani Pedrosa during private tests in January.

"It's a really fast time, no 250cc machine has ever been quicker here," reflected Porto, who finished as runner-up to Pedrosa last season. "I'm feeling good, we're getting better every day, but there is still margin for improvement. We'll have to work on that in the practice sessions for the Grand Prix but we've got a couple of weeks off now to relax and look forward to the season."

Pedrosa was second fastest today despite suffering from the same carburetion problems that dogged his Honda in Catalunya last week, whilst Randy de Puniet, Alex de Angelis and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top five.

Sebastián Porto: 1'42.817
Dani Pedrosa: 1'43.103
Randy de Puniet: 1'43.710
Alex de Angelis: 1'43.758
Andrea Dovizioso: 1'44.038
Casey Stoner: 1'44.062
Jorge Lorenzo: 1'44.083
Roberto Locatelli: 1'44.289
Yuki Takahashi: 1'44.637
Hector Barberá: 1'44.775.

250cc, 2005

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