Moto2: Kallio on provisional pole

KTM's Mika Kallio took provisional pole for the 250cc class at Motegi with a flying lap in the final minute of the session

Moto2: Kallio on provisional pole

Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama looked set for the fastest time, but late laps by Kallio and Hector Barbera pushed Aoyama down to third, less than two tenths behind Kallio.

Alex de Angelis was fourth fastest, with championship challenger Andrea Dovizioso fifth fastest.

Dovizioso was one-hundredth of a second faster than championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who had a relatively quiet day in sixth position.

With Lorenzo requiring a win and Dovizioso finishing 15th or worse, it looks likely the championship fight will go on for at least another round.

Pos Rider Make Time 1. Mika Kallio KTM 1:52.053 2. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1:52.157 + 0.104 3. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 1:52.242 + 0.189 4. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1:52.329 + 0.276 5. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:52.417 + 0.364 6. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 1:52.427 + 0.374 7. Julian Simon Honda 1:52.549 + 0.496 8. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 1:52.555 + 0.502 9. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 1:52.695 + 0.642 10. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:52.711 + 0.658 11. Yuki Takahashi Honda 1:52.794 + 0.741 12. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1:52.825 + 0.772 13. R.Locatelli Gilera 1:52.830 + 0.777 14. R.Wilairot Honda 1:54.124 + 2.071 15. Takumi Takahashi Honda 1:54.487 + 2.434 16. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 1:55.138 + 3.085 17. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1:55.331 + 3.278 18. Imre Toth Aprilia 1:55.485 + 3.432 19. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:55.569 + 3.516 20. Eugene Laverty Honda 1:55.876 + 3.823 21. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 1:56.018 + 3.965 22. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 1:56.042 + 3.989 23. Karel Abraham Aprilia 1:56.225 + 4.172 24. Seijin Oikawa Yamaha 1:56.973 + 4.920 25. Yuki Hamamoto Yamaha 1:57.740 + 5.687 26. Dan Linfoot Aprilia 1:58.250 + 6.197 27. Youichi Ui Yamaha 1:59.195 + 7.142 
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Series Moto2
Drivers Mika Kallio
Author David Wright