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Bautista wins 250cc power struggle to take pole position

Bautista wins 250cc power struggle to take pole position

Spanish rider follows up Estoril win with Shanghai qualifying top spot, edging out Barbera and Kallio.

Alvaro Bautista consolidated his provisional pole from Friday in the 250cc class, although once again he had to fight for the quarter litre top spot.

As in the opening qualifying session, Bautista was pushed in the final moments of the session by Team Toth Aprilia´s Hector Barbera and Red Bull KTM World Championship leader Mika Kallio as they battled for superiority, but a 2´04.882 hot lap and a fall from his Finnish rival left the Spaniard on pole, half a second quicker than any other rider.

Lining up alongside the Mapfre Aspar rider and the duo of Barbera and Kallio, Julian Simon moved up from the second row with some speedy laps onboard his Repsol KTM machinery.

Marco Simoncelli heads row two as he attempts to follow up his maiden 250cc podium, joined by Thomas Luthi, Mattia Pasini and Manuel Poggiali.

In addition to Kallio´s crash, there were run-offs for the likes of Hiroshi Aoyama and rookie Doni Tata Pradita. Yuki Takahashi was the protagonist of the biggest incident of the session, taking a Jorge Lorenzo-esque highside from which he managed to walk gingerly away.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, QP2

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