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Bautista completes Spanish first-day fightback with provisional pole

Bautista completes Spanish first-day fightback with provisional pole

Alvaro Bautista took provisional pole in the 250cc class on Friday in Catalunya, completing a Spanish-dominated opening day.

If the Italians were dominant in Mugello, the Spaniards are holding their own thus far in preparations for the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya. With the 250cc riders last on track in the afternoon, Alvaro Bautista completed a Spanish clean sweep by taking provisional pole for Sunday´s race -joining MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa and 125cc top dog Pol Espargaro in heading the Friday timesheets.

Bautista recorded a quickest time of 1´46.547, putting himself in a prime spot for a third pole position of the year. He was two-tenths of a second faster than Marco Simoncelli, the man with whom he battled all the way to an unsatisfactory finale in Jerez and the winner of the last round at Mugello.

Also on the provisional front row are Hector Barbera –who has his own score to settle with Simoncelli after their controversial collision in Italy- and rookie title contender Mattia Pasini.

Hiroshi Aoyama led the KTM qualifying charge at what the Barcelona resident regards as a second home track, and put himself at the sharp end of the second row. Lotus Aprilia´s Alex Debon, World Championship leader Mika Kallio and JiR Team Scot rider Yuki Takahashi.


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