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Randy de Puniet claims 250cc pole position

Randy de Puniet claims 250cc pole position

Randy de Puniet claims 250cc pole position

Randy de Puniet has clinched the ninth pole position of his 250cc career at Estoril, beating team-mate Sebastián Porto and reigning World Champion Dani Pedrosa in the qualifying time practice.

De Puniet and Sebastian Porto completed a qualifying one-two for the Aprilia Aspar team, forcing Pedrosa to settle for third position on tomorrows grid. The Frenchman posted the fastest lap in 141.104 ahead of his Argentinean team-mate, who had been in first position with 10 minutes to go.

The position should give De Puniet a chance to make up for his disappointing finish last week in Jerez, where he crashed out while riding in third position.

We worked really well during the free practice sessions, mainly working on the suspension and engine settings. This qualifying session went well and I have a great feeling with my bike. Tomorrow I will fight for the podium, and probably for the win, but after my retirement in Jerez, the most important thing is to finish the race, said de Puniet.

Dani Pedrosa (Honda) was unable to improve on his provisional pole time as he was held up in traffic on his last run; while 250 rookie Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) qualified on the front row for his second Grand Prix in the quarter litre class.

Fellow rookie and factory colleague Hector Barbera will head the second row ahead of Aprilia official team spearhead Alex de Angelis, Hondas Hiroshi Aoyama and Jorge Lorenzo.

The third row will be formed by four riders who joined the 250cc World Championship this year: Roberto Locatelli, Simone Corsi, Yuki Takahashi and Casey Stoner Locatelli and Stoner are 250cc returnees while Corsi and Takahashi are rookies.


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