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Debon takes provisional pole in crash-strewn 250cc session

Debon takes provisional pole in crash-strewn 250cc session

Alex Debon took the temporary top spot on the 250cc grid with a 1'50.001 lap in Valencia.

In an afternoon qualifying session in which four of the top five riders all suffered crashes, home participant Alex Debon put himself on provisional pole for the Gran Premio Parts Europe de la Comunitat Valenciana. The Lotus Aprilia rider came back from a lowside fall to put down a time of 1´50.001, nearly four-tenths of a second quicker than anything any other 250cc rider could muster in a damp outing.

Red Bull KTM riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Mika Kallio –both entering their final race for their current team before moving on to pastures new, were the two closest to Debon´s marker, separated by just 0.005. Aoyama fell early on in the session, whilst future Ducati MotoGP satellite rider Kallio left his machine in an unhealthy shape after crashing late.

Rounding off the provisional front row is new World Champion Marco Simoncelli, who avoided hitting the deck. The Metis Gilera man had previously been the fastest rider in the morning run.

One of the final riders to crash on a tricky Friday afternoon, Mattia Pasini heads the temporary second row. He is joined by Julian Simon, Imre Toth and Lukas Pesek, with series runner-up Alvaro Bautista leading off row three.


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