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Pasini takes provisional pole ahead of Talmacsi

Pasini takes provisional pole ahead of Talmacsi

Italian rider Mattia Pasini (Polaris World) put in a strong performance in the first qualifying practice of the weekend at Motegi to take provisional pole having struggled earlier in the day in free practice.

Hunting down pole position number eight of the 2007 season, Mattia Pasini opened qualifying proceedings at Motegi with a provisional top spot in the 125cc class. The Italian rider put in a time of 1'58.283 in the first qualifying session for Sunday's race, under two tenths of a second faster than current World Championship leader Gabor Talmacsi. The top four all went round in under 1'59, as the provisional front row was rounded off by Simone Corsi and home rider Tomoyoshi Koyama. The latter qualified second for the 2005 race at Motegi, but has yet to better the fourth place achieved in the race that year on home soil. The second row is headed by title challenger Hector Faubel, ahead of Lukas Pesek and Bradley Smith, who had his best result of his debut season here last year. Nico Terol completes the row in eighth, with Sandro Cortese and Raffaele de Rosa the other two riders in the top ten. Pol Espargaro had a series of crashes today, all thankfully without serious consequences as he looks to repeat his Estoril podium. There was excitement at the end of the session as Koyama adjudged wild card Kazuma Watanabe of baulking him on a hot lap, showing his frustration with stern gestures.


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