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KTM on top before final qualifier

KTM on top before final qualifier

KTM on top before final qualifier

Julian Simon topped the timesheets in the second free practice session on Saturday morning at Mugello, edging ahead of his Red Bull KTM team-mates Mika Kallio, Championship leader, and Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi.

Simon lapped just 0.5s slower than the provisional pole time set yesterday afternoon by Kallio and only edged out the Finn by 0.038s this morning, while Talmacsi ended the session 0.227s adrift from the pacesetter.

Grand Prix winners Marco Simoncelli (Aprilia) and Thomas Lüthi (Honda) took fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Lukas Pesek (Derbi). The Czech was followed by Spaniards Hector Faubel (Aprilia) and Pablo Nieto (Derbi).

Aprilia's Mattia Pasini, who currently holds second on the provisional grid before the final qualifying session, was ninth fastest; while Lorenzo Zanetti completed the top 10. Several riders suffered minor crashes, including Rodriguez, Grotzky and Sandi.


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