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Locatelli takes historic maiden 250cc pole

Locatelli takes historic maiden 250cc pole

Locatelli takes historic maiden 250cc pole

Roberto Locatelli took his first ever pole position in the 250cc class this afternoon after a stunning final lap of the Estoril Circuit. Going round in 1'41.511, the Team Toth rider and recently crowned best privateer of 2006 snatched the top spot from Hiroshi Aoyama in the dying moment of the quarter litre qualifying session.

Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo, who this morning crashed after collding with another rider, complete the front row, with Lorenzo knowing that he only has to finish ahead of Andrea Dovizioso tomorrow to win the 2007 World Championship.

Hector Barbera heads the second row, accompanied by Aleix de Angelis, Dovizioso and the surprise of the session, Aleix Espargaro, whilst Shuhei Aoyama and Sylvain Guintoli complete the top ten.

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1. Roberto Locatelli - Team Toth 1'41.511
2. Hiroshi Aoyama - Red Bull KTM 1'41.570
3. Marco Simoncelli - Metis Gilera 1'41.596
4. Jorge Lorenzo - Fortuna Aprilia 1'41.642
5. Héctor Barberá - FOrtuna Aprilia 1'41.730
6. Alex de Angelis - Master MVA Aspar 1'41.815
7. Andrea Dovizioso - Humangest Racing 1'42.031
8. Aleix Espargaró - Wurth Honda BQR 1'42.073
9. Shuhei Aoyama - Repsol Honda 1'42.075
10. Sylvain Guintoli - Equipe GP de France 1'42.172


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