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Hot session leaves grid virtually untouched

Hot session leaves grid virtually untouched

Hot session leaves grid virtually untouched

Rising temperatures at the Motegi circuit saw the provisional grid for the 125cc race remain virtually untouched this afternoon, with Andrea Dovizioso hanging onto pole thanks to the provisional time he set yesterday.

Having closed in on pole record time in the morning free practice, Casey Stoner saw his chances of usurping the Italian end with a crash just minutes into the session which forced him to revert to his second machine. The Australian also injured his right shoulder but is expected to race tomorrow.

Roberto Locatelli took advantage of Stoner's misfortune to move up to second place on the grid, being the only rider on the front two rows to improve his provisional time. Hector Barberá, who lies 20 points behind Dovizioso at the top of the championship, completes the front row in fourth place – a vast improvement on recent qualifying performances which have seen him start from tenth and 24th in the last two races.

Locatelli's progress dislodged Mika Kallio from the front row, the Finn finding himself relegated to fifth place. Kallio is joined on the second row by Jorge Lorenzo, Gabor Talmacsi and Lukas Pesek.

Pablo Nieto knocked six tenths off his time to move up to ninth on the grid ahead of Simone Corsi, Marco Simoncelli and Fabrizio Lai. Simoncelli emerged unscathed from a spectacular crash, as did Swiss rider Thomas Luthi who high-sided spectacularly midway into the session.


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