Moto2: De Angelis retains Donington pole

Alex de Angelis resisted championship leader Jorge Lorenzo to secure pole position for the 250cc British Grand Prix at Donington Park

Moto2: De Angelis retains Donington pole

After dominating yesterday's wet first qualifying session, de Angelis was able to remain on top in the dry despite a concerted challenge from Lorenzo.

The reigning champion and points leader repeatedly edged closer to de Angelis, but every time he did so the Italian was able to find an additional improvement and restore his margin of superiority.

Both improved againĀ on their final laps, with de Angelis pulling away to take pole by nearly half a second over Lorenzo.

Julian Simon took third, ahead of Alvaro Bautista, Mika Kallio and Andrea Dovizioso.

Marco Simoncelli had held second early on - potential Gilera's best starting position of the season - but was eventually edged back to seventh.

Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1:32.391 2. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 1:32.801 + 0.410 3. Julian Simon Honda 1:33.043 + 0.652 4. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:33.096 + 0.705 5. Mika Kallio KTM 1:33.130 + 0.739 6. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:33.170 + 0.779 7. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1:33.179 + 0.788 8. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1:33.209 + 0.818 9. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 1:33.211 + 0.820 10. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 1:33.390 + 0.999 11. Yuki Takahashi Honda 1:33.555 + 1.164 12. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 1:34.026 + 1.635 13. R.Locatelli Gilera 1:34.046 + 1.655 14. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 1:34.065 + 1.674 15. Eugene Laverty Honda 1:34.489 + 2.098 16. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:34.634 + 2.243 17. R.Wilairot Honda 1:34.857 + 2.466 18. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1:35.033 + 2.642 19. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 1:35.237 + 2.846 20. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 1:35.398 + 3.007 21. Dan Linfoot Aprilia 1:35.448 + 3.057 22. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia 1:35.705 + 3.314 23. Imre Toth Aprilia 1:35.812 + 3.421 24. Karel Abraham Aprilia 1:35.815 + 3.424 25. Efren Vazquez Aprilia 1:35.819 + 3.428 26. Toby Markham Yamaha 1:38.733 + 6.342 Did not qualify: Andrew Sawford Yamaha 1:39.602 + 7.211 Alex Kenchington Yamaha 1:40.695 + 8.304 Luke Lawrence Honda 2:03.189 + 30.798 
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