Moto2: Bautista fastest in first qualifying

Alvaro Bautista grabbed provisional pole position for the 250cc race in Turkey with a late surge up in the order in the closing moments of the session

Moto2: Bautista fastest in first qualifying

Reigning champion and current points leader Jorge Lorenzo had looked set to continue his domination of the 2007 series by taking another pole, as he was over a second clear of the field as the end of the session approached.

But in the final minutes Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso made great progress and managed to push Lorenzo back to third.

Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Alex de Angelis had earlier swapped provisional pole several times in the opening half of the 45-minute session.

De Angelis ended up fourth, ahead of Julian Simon, Mika Kallio, Hector Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama, who had held second place for with five minutes to go before other riders' improvements suffled him down the field.

Friday qualifying times:

Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:58.405 2. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:58.420 + 0.015 3. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 1:58.467 + 0.062 4. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1:58.685 + 0.280 5. Julian Simon Honda 1:58.940 + 0.535 6. Mika Kallio KTM 1:58.941 + 0.536 7. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1:58.954 + 0.549 8. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 1:59.170 + 0.765 9. Yuki Takahashi Honda 1:59.500 + 1.095 10. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 1:59.722 + 1.317 11. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1:59.782 + 1.377 12. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 2:00.095 + 1.690 13. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 2:00.395 + 1.990 14. Anthony West Aprilia 2:01.189 + 2.784 15. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2:01.274 + 2.869 16. Imre Toth Aprilia 2:01.762 + 3.357 17. R.Wilairot Honda 2:02.130 + 3.725 18. Karel Abraham Aprilia 2:02.427 + 4.022 19. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 2:02.489 + 4.084 20. Arturo Tizon Aprilia 2:02.626 + 4.221 21. Eugene Laverty Honda 2:02.691 + 4.286 22. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 2:02.722 + 4.317 23. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 2:03.403 + 4.998 24. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia 2:03.855 + 5.450 

 

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