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Bautista on provisional pole for 250cc Assen clash

Bautista on provisional pole for 250cc Assen clash

Alvaro Bautista has one foot on the front grid marker in Assen, with provisional pole in the 250cc class.

Chasing a third consecutive pole position in the 250cc class, Alvaro Bautista put his name at the top of the provisional quarter litre grid with a 1´39.510 lap of the TT circuit in Assen. The Spaniard has been on the front row at every race thus far in 2008.

Set to line up alongside the Mapfre Aspar rider is another Spaniard, Team Toth Aprilia´s Hector Barbera. The Valencian was some two-tenths of a second slower than Bautista on his hot lap, and in his final run had a near-miss with frequent foe Alex Debon. Thankfully the two avoided contact, with raised blood pressure the only physical consequence of the duo´s coming together.

One rider who did suffer a hit was Metis Gilera man Marco Simoncelli. The Italian found his limit with a late lowside, but had already clocked the third fastest time of the afternoon session. The provisional front row is completed by Lotus Aprilia´s Aleix Espagaro, who has a special number 44 sewn onto his leathers this weekend to salute his brother and 125cc rider Pol as the youngster sits out Assen with a collarbone fracture.

Row two is headed by Thomas Luthi onboard the Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia, with the first KTM rider alongside him in the form of Julian Simon. Lukas Pesek and Debon complete the second line, whilst current World Championship leader Mika Kallio was tenth fastest.

250cc, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, QP1

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