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Simoncelli sneaks to pole for 250cc Valencia finale

Simoncelli sneaks to pole for 250cc Valencia finale

New 250cc World Champion takes seventh pole of 2008 for Valencia showdown.

Fresh from his clinching the 2008 250cc World Championship, Marco Simoncelli took his seventh pole position of the year in a last-gasp hot lap of the Valencia circuit. The Italian pickpocketed home rider Alex Debon with the clock run down to zero, recording a 1´35.408 lap just 0.018 faster than his Lotus Aprilia rival.

Debon took his first Grand Prix podium at last year´s race, and seemed to have pole position for the 2008 race in the bag before Simoncelli´s charge. Nonetheless, he starts from the front line for the eighth time this year, second on the grid.

Also challenging for pole was Julian Simon, whose own final attempt at the top spot saw him come into close contact with Debon´s teammate, Aleix Espargaro. Gestures were exchanged as the two Spaniards crossed the line, with a kick aimed by Simon in an ugly encounter. The Repsol KTM rider will make his second front row start of the season from third.

Whilst Simon moves down to 125cc after the Gran Premio Parts Europe de la Comunitat Valenciana, Red Bull KTM´s Mika Kallio will be ascending to MotoGP with Ducati for next season. He placed fourth on the grid for his final 250cc race.

Kallio´s teammate Hiroshi Aoyama heads row two, joined by Alvaro Bautista, Ratthapark Wilairot and Roberto Locatelli.


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