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Barbera takes the baton with 250cc provisional pole

Barbera takes the baton with 250cc provisional pole

Hector Barbera is on provisional pole for the 250cc Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske Republiky.

The dark clouds looming over the Brno circuit let loose with a torrent of rain before the first 250cc qualifying session in the Czech Republic, meaning that the quarter-litre category riders were treated to a wet run at the recently resurfaced track.

Still looking for a first victory in the 2008 season, Hector Barbera took provisional pole with a 2´16.210 lap onboard his Team Toth Aprilia machine. The Spaniard mimicked Friday´s MotoGP frontrunner Casey Stoner in setting his fastest time before running off-track when pushing for further improvement, and took his RSA into the gravel in the final moments of the session.

Nearly seven-tenths of a second down on Barbera´s time, Red Bull KTM´s Mika Kallio penciled his name on the front row. The Finn was the only rider to go round within a second of the provisional pole marker, with World Championship leader Marco Simoncelli a further four-tenths down in third at the track where he first tested the Metis Gilera RSA.

Alex Debon took fourth place to round off the front row, whilst Kallio´s teammate Hiroshi Aoyama headed a second line some way off matching the top quartet. Polaris World´s Mattia Pasini joined Aoyama, with Eugene Laverty impressing for seventh on the temporary grid. Julian Simon bounced back from a run-off to clock the eighth fastest time.

Lukas Pesek was the highest placing home rider, in ninth and ahead of late crasher Alvaro Bautista.


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