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Simoncelli smashes pole record for 250cc top spot

Simoncelli smashes pole record for 250cc top spot

Marco Simoncelli blitzed the 250cc pole record at Phillip Island for a sixth top spot of the season.

Marco Simoncelli put on a jaw-dropping display at Phillip Island to take pole position for the 250cc Australian Grand Prix, stopping the clock at 1´32.075 to smash Sebastian Porto´s 2004 pole record by some 1.3 seconds. The Metis Gilera rider, who leads the World Championship by 32 points, extended his streak of qualifying top spots to three-in-a-row, adding further weight to his claim for the title.

Simoncelli´s time would have placed him inside the 107% qualifying requirement for the MotoGP race, and was less than a tenth of a second slower than the time recorded by Kawasaki´s Anthony West in the premier class. It was equally impressive when placed alongside the times of his rivals, with the closest to his hot lap being title contender Mika Kallio, eight-tenths back.

Another man in with a chance of stopping Simoncelli´s title charge, Alvaro Bautista joins the fight from the front row, alongside Kallio´s Red Bull KTM teammate Hiroshi Aoyama. Bautista´s companion in the Mapfre Aspar garage, Hector Faubel, will head the second line, ahead of Julian Simon, Yuki Takahashi and Alex Debon.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, QP2

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