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Kallio shows who's the daddy in 250cc

Kallio shows who's the daddy in 250cc

Proud new father Mika Kallio's 1'52.053 lap of Twin Ring Motegi gave him provisional pole for the 250cc race, at the circuit where he has won the past two Grands Prix in the 125cc category.

Proud new father Mika Kallio's 1'52.053 lap of Twin Ring Motegi gave him provisional pole for the 250cc race, at the circuit where he has won the past two Grands Prix in the 125cc category. The KTM rider was a tenth of a second ahead of Hector Barbera as he took the top spot on day one at Motegi. The Finn became a dad for the first time after last week's race at Estoril, and spent a couple of days in his homeland with his new arrival before flying out to Japan.

The main Japanese hopeful for a win this weekend, 2005 and 2006 race victor Hiro Aoyama took a provisional front row start less than two tenths of a second behind his team-mate Kallio. With both KTM riders looking strong, Aoyama's chances of a hat trick are promising at his most important race of the season.

The front row is completed by Alex de Angelis, riding his first race since announcing his move up to MotoGP in 2008 with Gresini Honda. The Japanese factory's highest placing rider in the quarter litre class so far is Andrea Dovizioso, also making the switch to MotoGP next season and in contention for this year's 250cc World Championship.

Reigning World Champion and current series leader Jorge Lorenzo joins his rival on row two, as do Julian Simon and younger Aoyama brother Shuhei. Thomas Luthi and Estoril race winner Alvaro Bautista complete the top ten.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, QP1

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