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Barbera beats Simoncelli to 250cc Misano pole

Barbera beats Simoncelli to 250cc Misano pole

Pole position for the Misano 250cc race went to Hector Barbera on Saturday.

Hector Barbera took the pole position baton from Marco Simoncelli in the second qualifying session for the 250cc Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, his second top spot of the 2008 season.

The morning session´s fastest rider, Team Toth Aprilia man Barbera put in a hot lap of 1´38.912 that went unmatched by his rivals, with World Championship leader Marco Simoncelli falling short by just 0.077 as the chequered flag fell to mark the conclusion of the outing. Metis Gilera rider Simoncelli had not been able to better his provisional pole time from Friday until his final run.

Aleix Espargaro will line up on the front row for the first time in his 250cc career, taking his Lotus Aprilia round a further seven-tenths of a second back on Barbera. Yuki Takahashi´s fourth spot on the grid is the first appearance for a Honda rider on the front row in 2008.

Last year´s runner-up at Misano, Hiroshi Aoyama heads row two, ahead of Thoms Luthi, Julian Simon and Hecor Faubel. A star-studded third line features home rider Mattia Pasini, title chaser Mika Kallio, form rider Alvaro Bautista and Brno racewinner Alex Debon.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, QP2

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