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Simoncelli takes second pole of 2009 for German 250cc race

Simoncelli takes second pole of 2009 for German 250cc race

Italian quickest under wet conditions at Sachsenring circuit on Saturday afternoon.

Marco Simoncelli took his second pole position of the year in a wet qualifying session for the German round of the 250cc World Championship. The reigning World Champion cannot take the leadership of the series with a win at Sachsenring, but needs a strong result in order to move back into the title frame.

The Metis Gilera rider’s task will be made more difficult by the men joining him on the front row. Héctor Barberá’s run of pole positions came to an end, but he still placed alongside his Italian rival and showed a promising pace in the wet.

The top two in the class, Hiroshi Aoyama and Álvaro Bautista, made marked improvements from a disappointing Friday session to come good in qualifying. Mapfre Aspar rider Bautista used a late push to maintain his perfect record of front row starts thus far in 2009.

One of the most diligent riders in the wet morning session, Karel Abraham’s labour paid off with fifth on the timesheet, his best ever qualifying position. Team Toth rider Mattia Pasini –who crashed twice in the space of 30 minutes- placed sixth and joins Abraham, Alex Debon and Hector Faubel on row two.


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