125cc championship leader Dani Pedrosa waited right until the very last lap to deprive provisional pole sitter, and final qualifying leader, Alex De Angelis of the top starting spot by the very slimmest of margins.

Yesterday, de Angelis topped the time sheets for the fourth consecutive 125cc qualifying session, after dominating practice in the last two rounds at Estoril and Brno.

The San Marino youngster was joined on the provisional front row by team-mate Gino Borsoi, lining up in fourth place behind Gabor Talmacsi and Jorge Lorenzo - who both enjoyed their best results of 2003.

Andrea Dovizioso had led the way for much of the session, but slipped down the order to fifth, and was joined on the overnight second row by Dani Pedrosa, Hector Barbera and Mirko Giansanti. Pedrosa's title rival Stefano Perugini was just tenth fastest.

Into today and - probably due to the much higher track temperatures - de Angelis' Thursday time set the pace right until the 24th (of 30) minutes, when he himself found a further 0.04secs to go a comfortable 0.5secs clear of still to improve Talmacsi.

Third placed Lorenzo would gain a position soon after, halving the gap to de Angelis, but Talmacsi responded soon after to retake the runner-up start place and trim the gap up front to 0.2secs.

Meanwhile, with the chequered flag now waving, Perugini resurrected his session by snatching a late fourth - but his championship rival Pedrosa would go three places better as he stole a late pole from de Angelis on his very final lap, by just 0.018secs.

As if that wasn't enough, Perugini's day would get a lot worse soon after when he was pushed further down the order - then collided with Borsoi on the slow down lap...

Full times to follow...

1. Pedrosa
2. de Angelis
3. Dovizioso
4. Talmacsi
5. Lorenzo
6. Perugini
7. Barbera
8. Jenkner

 

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