Moto2: Barbera takes pole in Barcelona
Hector Barbera has taken pole position for his home race, the 250cc Grand Prix of Catalunya in Barcelona
The Pepe World Team Aprilia rider set his best lap of 1m46.749s with four minutes of the three-quarter-hour session remaining, to beat fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista who held pole until then.
The Aspar Aprilia man will start second, just nine thousands of a second ahead of rival Marco Simoncelli, who crashed his Metis Gilera in the gravel early in the session but managed to rejoin the track.
Tomas Luthi took his Emmi Aprilia to fourth spot, followed by Alex Debon (Blusens Aprilia) and Hiroshi Aoyama, who also crashed his Scot Honda with ten minutes of the session gone.
Mattia Pasini (Team Toth Aprilia) will occupy seventh spot on the grid, ahead of Hector Faubel (Honda SAG), with Mike di Meglio (Aspar Aprilia) and Ratthapark Wilairot (Honda SAG) completing the top ten.
Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1m46.749s 2. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia + 0.150s 3. Marco Simoncelli Gilera + 0.159s 4. Thomas Luthi Aprilia + 0.332s 5. Alex Debon Aprilia + 0.376s 6. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda + 0.417s 7. Mattia Pasini Aprilia + 0.476s 8. Hector Faubel Honda + 0.630s 9. Mike Di Meglio Aprilia + 0.677s 10. R.Wilairot Honda + 0.810s 11. Alex Baldolini Aprilia + 0.847s 12. Karel Abraham Aprilia + 0.976s 13. Raffaele De Rosa Honda + 0.998s 14. Jules Cluzel Aprilia + 1.046s 15. Shoya Tomizawa Honda + 1.283s 16. R.Locatelli Gilera + 1.339s 17. Lukas Pesek Aprilia + 1.352s 18. Axel Pons Aprilia + 3.701s 19. Steve Bonsey Aprilia + 3.849s 20. Valentin Debise Honda + 3.904s 21. Balazs Nemeth Aprilia + 3.983s 22. Bastien Chesaux Honda + 4.480s 23. Imre Toth Aprilia + 4.547s 24. Vladimir Leonov Aprilia + 5.384s 25. Toby Markham Honda + 6.107s
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