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Bautista provisional poleman for Shanghai showdown

Bautista provisional poleman for Shanghai showdown

Frantic finale sees former 125cc World Champion edge out rivals Kallio and Barbera.

Alvaro Bautista took provisional pole in an action-packed first 250cc qualifying session, as one of three riders in contention for the top spot in the final seconds.

The Mapfre Aspar rider had to work hard to confirm the position, with himself, quarter litre category leader Mika Kallio and fellow Spaniard Hector Barbera all on pole pace on their final lap. Kallio occupied the place for just the briefest of moments, before Bautista bit back with a 2´05.035 hot lap as the session drew to a close.

Kallio was just under four tenths of a second slower than his title rival, with Barbera a further tenth behind onboard his Team Toth Aprilia machine. The latter was involved in a near-collision with Emmi-Caffe Latte´s Thomas Luthi, forcing the Swiss rider to sit up. Luthi finished the session in fourth.

Polaris World rider Mattia Pasini heads the provisional second row, ahead of Julian Simon, Hector Faubel and Marco Simoncelli.

Simoncelli was included on the list of crashers in the qualifying session, as were Doni Tata Pradita and Eugene Laverty, who had a late coming together between their respective Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia and Blusens Aprilia bikes.


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