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Karel Abraham stunned with a provisional pole in the 250cc class at Indianapolis.
With excessive rain proving to be a great leveller at Indianapolis, Karel Abraham rounded off a day of surprises at the soaking American circuit by taking a last-gasp 250cc provisional pole. The Czech rider clocked a time of 2´02.529 on his sixteenth and final lap of the first quarter-litre qualifying session, the risk associated with a track flooded in places paying off for the Cardion AB man.
Abraham was over a tenth of a second faster than second placed Hiroshi Aoyama, who himself made a late push onboard his Red Bull KTM machine. The Japanese rider had collided with teammate Mika Kallio at Misano in the race, and they were alongside each other once more on the provisional front row for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Said first line is completed by Northern Irish rider Eugene Laverty who, like Abraham, pushed his somewhat inferior machinery to its limits in the wet and reaped the rewards at the end of the session. The Blusens Aprilia rider had participated in supersport competition last weekend under similar conditions, and made the most of his recent experience to claim his provisional grid spot.
Lotus Aprilia´s Alex Debon, second Czech rider Lukas Pesek, Yamaha´s Doni Tata Pradita and KTM man Julian Simon put themselves on row two, whilst there was no place in the upper echelons for some of the established stars of the series. Series leader Marco Simoncelli placed fifteenth, whilst title contender Alvaro Bautista was the lowest classifying rider. Mattia Pasini did not make the cut on any of his four laps in the afternoon run.
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