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Aoyama adds late drama to 250cc qualifying

Aoyama adds late drama to 250cc qualifying

Hiroshi Aoyama is on provisional pole for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Red Bull KTM´s Hiroshi Aoyama showed that there is still time for a last hurrah for his season with provisional pole for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The Japanese rider, in contention for the temporary top spot throughout the session, finally broke through to set the fastest quarter-litre lap of the day at the end of the first qualifying session.

Aoyama´s 2´06.893 time was the only occasion in which a rider went round in under 2´07, with Alvaro Bautista previously on course for the provisional pole position courtesy of his 2´07.073 lap. Mapfre Aspar man Bautista is still in with a chance of the title this season, but could concede the crown to Marco Simoncelli on Sunday.

Second KTM rider Mika Kallio separated Bautista and Simoncelli in the front row packed with racewinners, whilst there was a standout performance by Thai Honda PTT SAG´s Ratthapark Wilairot. The Thai rider headed the second row for his `home´ Grand Prix in a great ride onboard underpowered machinery.

Aleix Espargaro, Yuki Takahashi and Alex Debon join Wilairot on the second row, with Debon the first rider to clock a time outside a second of that of Aoyama.

Tags:
250cc, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP1

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