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Bautista grabs provisional pole for 250cc clash

Bautista grabs provisional pole for 250cc clash

Alvaro Bautista claimed provisional pole for the 250cc Alice Grand Prix de France, with the fastest lap of the afternoon qualifying session.

Mapfre Aspar´s Alvaro Bautista was the 250cc category top dog on Friday afternoon, taking provisional pole for Sunday´s Alice Grand Prix de France with a 1´38.479 lap. The Spaniard leapfrogged Lotus Aprilia´s Alex Debon in the final moments of the session, which closed proceedings on day one at Le Mans.

Debon was just a tenth of a second down on the former 125cc World Champion, with both onboard the latest Aprilia machinery. Behind them –himself only a tenth of a second slower than Debon- was Marco Simoncelli onboard his Metis Gilera machinery.

Polaris World´s Mattia Pasini and Emmi-Caffe Latte man Thomas Luthi were also in the mix representing Aprilia, ahead of Repsol KTM´s Julian Simon, Gilera rider and former World Champion Manuel Poggiali, Spaniard Aleix Espargaro and Shanghai podium finisher Hiroshi Aoyama. The latter´s Red Bull KTM teammate, standings leader Mika Kallio, was tenth quickest.

There was a high speed lowside crash for Karel Abraham, whilst Hector Barbera suffered a mechanical problem in the opening third of the session and struggled thereafter. Late on, Espargaro experienced difficulties with his exhaust and had to pull over after crossing the line.


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