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Bautista earns second pole of 2009

Bautista earns second pole of 2009

Title chaser Álvaro Bautista went fastest in 250cc qualifying.

Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar) heads a strong front row in the 250cc class at the Grand Prix of France, courtesy of a 1’38.270 hot lap on 21st of 23 turns of the historic Le Mans circuit – which put him 0.382s ahead of World Champion Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) on the timesheet.

Behind the 250cc title holder Simoncelli on the front row are championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing) and Saturday morning’s pace-setter Thomas Luthi (Emmi – Caffe Latte), who both put in similar times to the Italian.

Bautista’s Aspar colleague Mike di Meglio, at his home Grand Prix, heads the second row, followed by highly experienced Spaniard Álex Debón (Aeropuerto Castello-Blusens), young Italian Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing) and Czech rider Lukas Pesek (Auto Kelly - CP).


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