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First 2009 pole for pace-setter Aoyama

First 2009 pole for pace-setter Aoyama

The quarter litre class qualifying session at Misano ended with championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama on pole.

Despite his great overall form this season, with three victories and six podiums to his name, it has taken until the 12th 250cc qualifying session of the year for standings leader Hiroshi Aoyama to achieve his first pole of 2009.

The Japanese rider broke his duck with a 1’38.867 time on the 21st of his 23 laps of the Misano circuit on Saturday afternoon, though it was only just good enough as Spaniard Héctor Barberá (Pepe World Team) came within 0.008s of denying the Scot Racing man.

Local lads Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera) and Mattia Pasini (Team Toth Aprilia) were not far behind, the pair of them lapping around two tenths down on Aoyama, and both will be expected to fight desperately for victory from the front row at their home round on Sunday.

Frenchman Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar), meanwhile, is the only non-Spaniard on the second row, which also comprises Alex Debon (Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens), Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF - Honda SAG) and Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar Team) – all of whom lapped within a second of the pole-setting pace.

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250cc, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, QP

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