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Simoncelli blazes to provisional pole

Simoncelli blazes to provisional pole

Simoncelli blazes to provisional pole

Marco Simoncelli clinched provisional pole position this afternoon at Losail, demoting former 125 and 250 World Champion Manuel Poggiali from the top of the timesheets in the dying seconds of the first qualifying session.

Poggiali had been the fastest in the free practice session and looked strong again in qualifying. He spent most of the session in second behind Mattia Pasini, before posting the fastest lap on his last run. However, a late surge from Simoncelli saw the Aprilia rider relegate his Gilera counterpart to second by just 0.016s.

Behind them, Italian rookie Lorenzo Zanetti took third spot on the provisional front row ahead of his compatriot Fabrizio Lai.

The second row of the provisional grid is formed by Sergio Gadea, Mattia Pasini, Hector Faubel and Mike di Meglio, while Joan Olive and Gabor Talmacsi completed the top 10. Surprisingly, title contenders Thomas Lüthi and Mika Kallio were slighlty off the pace, posting the 11th and 12th fastest times respectively.


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