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Simoncelli takes provisional 250cc pole in Portugal

Simoncelli takes provisional 250cc pole in Portugal

On a mission after his Jerez heartbreak, Marco Simoncelli took provisional pole for the 250cc race in Estoril in an assured afternoon display.

On a mission after his Jerez heartbreak, Marco Simoncelli took provisional pole for the 250cc race in Estoril in an assured afternoon display.

The Metis Gilera rider clocked a time of 1´41.427, just 0.047 ahead of second placed rider Alex Debon. The duo make up a strong factory Aprilia presence on the quarter litre front row, with Mapfre Aspar´s Alvaro Bautista also on the first line of attack with his top of the range RSA.

Separating the Italian factory´s representatives was Mika Kallio, the Red Bull KTM rider who is on an impressive podium streak in the category. Having finished third and first in Qatar and Jerez respectively, this weekend could see the Finn at the top of the 250cc classification for the first time in his career, and a start from an equal or better position than today´s third place would put him in a great position to do so.

The man whom he will have to usurp is current leader Mattia Pasini, who thus far heads the second row ahead of Repsol KTM´s Julian Simon, Red Bull KTM´s Hiroshi Aoyama and Pepe Team Toth Aprilia´s Hector Barbera.

There was a small crash for Jerez podium finisher Yuki Takahashi, who put his JiR Team Scot Honda into the gravel during the session.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, QP1

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