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Friday heroics give Aoyama 250cc pole position

Friday heroics give Aoyama 250cc pole position

A lap time set on Friday was enough for Hiroshi Aoyama to take his first pole position of the year.

Hiroshi Aoyama´s provisional pole time of 2´06.893 went untouched on Saturday, confirming the Japanese rider´s first pole position of the 2008 season. The winner of last year´s Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix was third in the Saturday session, but had done enough on Friday afternoon to clinch the top spot. The Red Bull KTM rider could yet play an important part in the title battle this weekend, lining up as he does alongside contender Alvaro Bautista and current series leader Marco Simoncelli on the front row.

Simoncelli was one of the few riders to better their Friday times, finishing the second qualifying session two tenths behind Aoyama. Metis Gilera´s Italian star could clinch the title on Sunday afternoon, and knows that a podium finish is his best option for taking the crown in style. Archrival Bautista will be doing his best to stop Simoncelli´s celebrations, and the presence of second Red Bull KTM man Mika Kallio on the final place on the front row adds further intrigue to the occasion.

Ratthapark Wilairot held onto his position at the top of the second row, with home pride at stake for the Thai rider. Aleix Espargaro, Julian Simon and Yuki Takahashi accompany the Thai PTT SAG man on row two.


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