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Pasini performs marvels for provisional pole

Pasini performs marvels for provisional pole

Mattia Pasini pencilled his name at the head of the 250cc grid in Mugello with a spectacular last-second lap.

Mattia Pasini proved to be the 250cc rider most adept at handling a wet Mugello track, taking provisional pole for the quarter litre category Italian race in the dying seconds of the first qualifying session.

The Polaris World rider brought some sunshine to the day for local fans, being the only Italian to head a session over the course of Friday´s action. A lap of 2´05.711 on the last of 18 laps was enough to thwart another late surging rider, Metis Gilera´s Marco Simoncelli, by nearly a full second as Pasini found valuable tenths from nowhere.

The provisional front row also includes Hector Barbera on the Team Toth Aprilia, whilst Red Bull KTM´s Hiroshi Aoyama prevented an all-Italian factory top four with a time over two seconds down on that of Pasini.

Alvaro Bautista was caught out by the treacherous asphalt of Mugello after recording the fifth fastest time of the session, the 2007 racewinner thrown from his Mapfre Aspar bike in a spectacular highside. He is joined on row two at present by Manuel Poggiali, World Championship leader Mika Kallio and Thomas Luthi.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, QP1

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