Bautista takes control in 250cc qualifying

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Saturday, 30 May 2009

Championship leader Álvaro Bautista is on pole at round five in Italy.

World Champion Marco Simoncelli had to settle for second place in the 250cc qualifying session at Mugello on Saturday, as he was unable to prevent title rival Álvaro Bautista from taking pole.

Spanish competitor Bautista secured his third pole position start of 2009 with a 1’52.804 time on his penultimate lap, which put him just 0.014s ahead of Metis Gilera rider Simoncelli - with whom he is likely to battle for victory in Sunday’s race.

Bautista and Simoncelli’s fellow championship front runners Héctor Barberá (Pepe World Team) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing Team) will also commence the fifth 250cc contest of the season on the front row.

Behind them on the grid will be fierce rivals Alex Debon (Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens) and Thomas Luthi (Emmi - Caffe Latte) who fell out after Debon crashed into the Swiss rider at Le Mans, whilst the second row will also feature Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT SAG) and Mattia Pasini (Team Toth Aprilia).

Italian rider Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing) starts at the head of the third row having survived a frightening moment when he ran off track on his Scot Racing Honda and somehow managed not to crash despite being off balance for several seconds.

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