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Barberá sneaks in for 250cc Donington pole

Barberá sneaks in for 250cc Donington pole

PepeWorld rider fastest in qualifying for British Grand Prix.

Héctor Barberá took his third pole position in four races with a final throw of the dice at Donington Park on Saturday, as the Spaniard looks for a second victory of 2009.

Riding the PepeWorld Aprilia RSA, Barberá was just 0.094 quicker than Marco Simoncelli when the session was shut down. A seventh pole of his Grand Prix career went to the title contender.

Hiroshi Aoyama bounced back from a morning cylinder problem to clock the third fastest time of the session, just over two-tenths of a second down on Barberá’s 1’31.802 hot lap. He starts from the front row as the World Championship leader, with the final spot on the first row occupied by Alex Debón.

Mike di Meglio out-qualified Mapfre Aspar teammate Álvaro Bautista for the first time in his rookie year, heading the second row. Bautista ended his 100% record of front row starts after suffering the after-effects of two crashes in previous sessions, but will begin the British Grand Prix from sixth. Mattia Pasini –a faller in qualifying- and Ratthapark Wilairot complete the row.


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