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Debon takes provisional pole for Japanese return

Debon takes provisional pole for Japanese return

Competing in Japan for the first time since 2005, Alex Debon took provisional pole in Motegi on Friday.

Alex Debon took provisional pole for the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan on Friday afternoon, despite not having ridden at Twin Ring Motegi in over three years. The Lotus Aprilia rider came back from an early crash in the afternoon session to repeat his free practice form, clocking a 1´52.807 lap which earned him the top spot on the 250cc grid´s first draft.

The provisional front row was separated by under a tenth of a second, with World Championship leader Marco Simoncelli the closest to besting Debon´s marker. Hector Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama –the winner of the 2005 & 2006 races at Motegi, completed the frontline onboard their respective Team Toth Aprilia and Red Bull KTM machinery.

Winner of the last quarter-litre class round at Misano, Alvaro Bautista made his presence felt with a late lap of 1´53.125, enough to place him at the head of the second row before Saturday´s second qualifying session. The Spaniard bested JiR Team Scot´s home rider Yuki Takahashi, his Mapfre Aspar teammate Hector Faubel and Repsol KTM rider Julian Simon, who completes the second line.


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