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Simoncelli grabs pole for 250cc battle

Simoncelli grabs pole for 250cc battle

Pole position at Indianapolis in the 250cc class went to Metis Gilera´s Marco Simoncelli, his fourth of the year.

Marco Simoncelli further built on his sterling record of front row starts in the 250cc class with pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his fourth top spot of the 2008 season. The Italian was made to fight for the place during a dry quarter-litre qualifying session, waiting until the final moments to put in his unmatched 1´46.168.

The man with whom Simoncelli has had his fair share of on-track duels, Team Toth´s Hector Barbera, will be alongside the Metis Gilera rider on the front row for Sunday´s race. The Spaniard headed a practically inseparable remainder of the front line, with the split between himself, Mika Kallio and Alex Debon covered by less than a tenth of a second.

The first two rows feature some of the big names of the 250cc class, with Red Bull KTM´s Hiroshi Aoyama, Misano racewinner Alvaro Bautista and rookie stars Mattia Pasini & Hector Faubel set to feature in the battle for the holeshot from just behind the front four. Bautista and Pasini both suffered light crashes when trying to better their times.

Bigger falls were suffered by Emmi-Caffe Latte´s Thomas Luthi and Blusens Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty on Saturday, with both ruled out of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Former 125cc World Champion Luthi suffered a concussion and thumb injury in a cringe-inducing morning crash, whilst Laverty picked up fractures to a small bones on either foot in his own hit.


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