Moto2: De Angelis takes provisional pole

Alex de Angelis grabbed a last-gasp provisional pole position for the 250cc Italian Grand Prix on Friday, to prevent a fairytale result for Australian Anthony West

Moto2: De Angelis takes provisional pole

De Angelis left it until the final seconds of the wet session to put in his best lap, with West having been quick throughout the 45 minutes.

In fact, West had been dominant in the very wet early stages - setting times that were several seconds clear of his rivals. And despite a series of strong challenges from more established stars, a last minute lap from West appeared to have secured him the top spot before de Angelis' late effort pushed him down to second.

Andrea Dovizioso set the third quickest time, with runaway championship leader Jorge Lorenzo down in fourth after a fairly low-key run through the session.

Hector Barbera, who had been vying for the top spot through the session, ended up fifth, ahead of Thomas Luthi and Alvaro Bautista.

Despite the wet conditions, the session was pretty much incident-free. The only rider to come off was Marco Simoncelli, who slid off his bike on his first lap out of the pits. The Italian was able to return to his garage, however, to take the spare.

Pos Driver Make Time Laps 1. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 2:07.137 19 2. Anthony West Aprilia 2:07.645 + 0.508 18 3. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2:07.774 + 0.637 15 4. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 2:07.987 + 0.850 16 5. Hector Barbera Aprilia 2:08.617 + 1.480 20 6. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 2:08.798 + 1.661 18 7. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:09.203 + 2.066 15 8. Eugene Laverty Honda 2:09.297 + 2.160 18 9. Julian Simon Honda 2:10.384 + 3.247 18 10. Karel Abraham Aprilia 2:10.453 + 3.316 17 11. Imre Toth Aprilia 2:10.637 + 3.500 16 12. Mika Kallio KTM 2:10.847 + 3.710 15 13. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 2:11.044 + 3.907 16 14. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 2:11.120 + 3.983 11 15. Arturo Tizon Aprilia 2:11.127 + 3.990 16 16. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 2:11.161 + 4.024 15 17. Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 2:11.461 + 4.324 16 18. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 2:11.644 + 4.507 13 19. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 2:11.686 + 4.549 15 20. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 2:11.865 + 4.728 16 21. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2:12.410 + 5.273 13 22. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 2:13.394 + 6.257 16 23. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia 2:14.749 + 7.612 16 24. Omar Menghi Aprilia 2:15.762 + 8.625 16 25. Thomas Tallevi Yamaha 2:15.773 + 8.636 11 26. Roberto Locatelli Gilera No time 27. Yuki Takahashi Honda No time 
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