Moto2: Lorenzo fastest in first qualifying

Aprilia rider Jorge Lorenzo has taken provisional pole position in the 250cc class for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai after a close tussle for the top spot

Moto2: Lorenzo fastest in first qualifying

Lorenzo was on top early before Alex de Angelis went nearly a second faster in the opening ten minutes of the 45 minute session. With 25 minutes remaining Lorenzo took nearly a second off de Angelis's best with a 2:05.984, lowering the mark to 2:05.960 on his next lap.

With 20 minutes remaining Julian Simon took pole with a 2:05.890, Lorenzo immediately following with a 2:05.941 to improve his best but remained second. However, just as he had done earlier, he went faster on his next lap, to reclaim pole with a 2:05.849.

With eight minutes remaining Alvaro Bautista took over the top spot with a 2:05.650, but twenty seconds later Lorenzo cemented his provisional pole with a lap of 2:05.276. While Simon managed to improve his time to move up to second fastest in the final five minutes, no-one got close to Lorenzo's best.

Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera completed the top five. Alex de Angelis was sixth fastest but nearly 1.5 seconds off the pace after a crash with 12 minutes remaining ended any hopes of a top five effort.

Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 2:05.276 2. Julian Simon Honda 2:05.587 + 0.311 3. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:05.650 + 0.374 4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2:05.806 + 0.530 5. Hector Barbera Aprilia 2:05.900 + 0.624 6. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 2:06.767 + 1.491 7. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 2:06.778 + 1.502 8. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 2:06.927 + 1.651 9. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 2:07.760 + 2.484 10. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2:07.792 + 2.516 11. Mika Kallio KTM 2:07.810 + 2.534 12. Yuki Takahashi Honda 2:07.815 + 2.539 13. Anthony West Aprilia 2:07.821 + 2.545 14. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 2:08.293 + 3.017 15. Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 2:08.344 + 3.068 16. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 2:08.374 + 3.098 17. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 2:09.202 + 3.926 18. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 2:09.255 + 3.979 19. Arturo Tizon Aprilia 2:09.274 + 3.998 20. Karel Abraham Aprilia 2:09.312 + 4.036 21. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 2:09.408 + 4.132 22. Eugene Laverty Honda 2:09.459 + 4.183 23. Imre Toth Aprilia 2:09.761 + 4.485 24. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia 2:09.860 + 4.584 25. Shi Zhao Huang Yamaha 2:10.939 + 5.663 26. Jin Xiao Yamaha 2:13.678 + 8.402 
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