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Simoncelli takes provisional pole with record time

Simoncelli takes provisional pole with record time

Second in the World Championship by just a single point, 250cc star Marco Simoncelli came out all guns blazing in Sachsenring.

Continuing the record-breaking theme of the Friday Sachsenring sessions, Marco Simoncelli set a new pole position milestone in the 250cc class with a 1´23.953 lap. The Italian had last week tested the RSA version of his Gilera machinery at Brno, and is using the bike for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

The Italian conceded the top spot for a matter of seconds to persistent rival Hector Barbera at the end of the opening qualifying session, quickly regaining it on his own amazing lap. Barbera had been experiencing front end problems with his Team Toth Aprilia RSA during the afternoon, particularly when pushing hard for the front row places.

The duo were separated by just under two-tenths of a second, with series leader Mika Kallio a further half-second down as his record was broken. Both Kallio and Red Bull KTM teammate Hiroshi Aoyama also put their names into the hat for the front row places.

Fabrizio Lai, and Hector Faubel occupy positions on the provisional second row, alongside Julian Simon and Yuki Takahashi. Assen racewinner and poleman at the past three Grands Prix, Mapfre Aspar´s Alvaro Bautista could only manage the eleventh fastest time of the afternoon.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, QP1

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