Moto2: Barbera grabs second straight pole

Hector Barbera took his second consecutive 250cc pole position of 2009 during qualifying for the Dutch GP at Assen, having lapped the classic circuit in 1m40.019s

Moto2: Barbera grabs second straight pole

The Spanish Aprilia rider may have been deposed from his position by his countryman and factory rider Alvaro Bautista, whose last lap looked good to challenge until he ran up behind Barbera and seemed to lose time.

So Barbera it was who took the pole, having taken the top spot halfway through the session and then improved his lap time near the end.

Hiroshi Aoyama, who was on top of the times on the Scot Honda for the first half of the session, was second fastest, with Bautista eventually third.

Reigning champion Marco Simoncelli was fourth fastest on the Gilera ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who did exceptionally well as he jumped on the vacated Balatonring Aprilia seat after Gabor Talmacsi moved up to the MotoGP class.

Alex Debon was sixth ahead of Raffaele de Rosa, Mattia Pasini, Mike di Meglio and Lukas Pesek.

American Steve Bonsey had the biggest incident of the session, crashing his Aprilia at the final chicane en route to 18th position. He got up from the crash but then collapsed at the side of the track before eventually walking away from the scene holding his side. It is unclear whether he is injured if at all.

Pos Rider Bike Time Laps 1. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1:40.019 22 2. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1:40.192 + 0.173 21 3. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:40.210 + 0.191 22 4. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1:40.320 + 0.301 19 5. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:40.796 + 0.777 21 6. Alex Debon Aprilia 1:40.830 + 0.811 20 7. Raffaele De Rosa Honda 1:41.023 + 1.004 21 8. Mattia Pasini Aprilia 1:41.055 + 1.036 21 9. Mike Di Meglio Aprilia 1:41.072 + 1.053 19 10. Lukas Pesek Aprilia 1:41.190 + 1.171 20 11.  Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 1:41.235 + 1.216 20 12. Roberto Locatelli Gilera 1:41.347 + 1.328 20 13. Hector Faubel Honda 1:41.462 + 1.443 16 14. Karel Abraham Aprilia 1:41.533 + 1.514 22 15. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 1:41.545 + 1.526 21 16. Shoya Tomizawa Honda 1:42.038 + 2.019 19 17. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 1:42.628 + 2.609 14 18. Stevie Bonsey Aprilia 1:42.697 + 2.678 13 19. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1:43.075 + 3.056 13 20. Axel Pons Aprilia 1:43.470 + 3.451 21 21. Valentin Debise Honda 1:43.653 + 3.634 19 22. Imre Toth Aprilia 1:43.913 + 3.894 20 23. Bastien Chesaux Honda 1:44.704 + 4.685 21 24. Vladimir Leonov Aprilia 1:44.743 + 4.724 17 25. Toby Markham Honda 1:46.758 + 6.739 14 
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