Marco Simoncelli was fastest on track to earn provisional pole

Marco Simoncelli was fastest on track to earn provisional pole

 

Sachsenring MotoGP - Marco Simoncelli fastest in first 250 qualifying practice

By James Keen -

MotoGP

 11 July 2008 14:53

In the first 250cc Qualifying practice Italian Marco Simoncelli of the Metis Gilera team was the fastest on track with a time of 1'23.953, earning him provisional pole position.

Spanish rider Hector Barbera, racing for Team Toth Aprilia, glimpsed provisional pole briefly before finally finishing second place, just two tenths of a second slower than rival Marco Simoncelli.

The Red Bull KTM 250 team riders Mika Kallio and Hiroshi Aoyama took third and fourth place respectively, seperated by less than one tenth of a second.

1  Marco SIMONCELLI  ITA  Metis Gilera    Gilera   1'23.953
2  Hector BARBERA   SPA  Team Toth Aprilia   Aprilia  1'24.134
3  Mika KALLIO   FIN  Red Bull KTM 250   KTM   1'24.590  
4  Hiroshi AOYAMA   JPN  Red Bull KTM 250   KTM   1'24.679  
5  Fabrizio LAI   ITA  Campetella Racing   Gilera   1'24.703
6  Hector FAUBEL   SPA  Mapfre Aspar Team   Aprilia  1'24.709
7  Julian SIMON   SPA  Repsol KTM 250cc   KTM   1'24.747  
8  Yuki TAKAHASHI   JPN  JiR Team Scot 250   Honda   1'24.785  
9  Aleix ESPARGARO  SPA  Lotus Aprilia    Aprilia  1'24.802  
10  Alex DEBON   SPA  Lotus Aprilia    Aprilia  1'24.975  
11  Alvaro BAUTISTA  SPA  Mapfre Aspar Team   Aprilia  1'25.007  
12  Thomas LUTHI   SWI  Emmi - Caffe Latte   Aprilia  1'25.215  
13  Lukas PESEK   CZE  Auto Kelly - CP   Aprilia  1'25.260  
14  Roberto LOCATELLI  ITA  Metis Gilera    Gilera   1'25.407  
15  Mattia PASINI   ITA  Polaris World    Aprilia  1'25.783  
16  Eugene LAVERTY   IRL  Blusens Aprilia   Aprilia  1'25.840  
17  Karel ABRAHAM   CZE  Cardion AB Motoracing   Aprilia  1'25.855  
18  Manuel POGGIALI  RSM  Campetella Racing   Gilera   1'25.889  
19  Ratthapark WILAIROT  THA  Thai Honda PTT SAG   Honda   1'25.926  
20  Alex BALDOLINI   ITA  Matteoni Racing   Aprilia  1'26.197  
21  Federico SANDI   ITA  Zongshen Team of China   Aprilia  1'26.736  
22  Russel GOMEZ   SPA  Blusens Aprilia   Aprilia  1'27.745  
23  Doni Tata PRADITA  INA  Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia  Yamaha   1'27.817  
24  Imre TOTH   HUN  Team Toth Aprilia   Aprilia  1'28.038  
25  9Toni WIRSING   GER  Racing Team Germany   Honda   1'29.080

Out of limit time
 Alen GYORFI   HUN  Motorcycle Competition Service  Honda    
 Ho Wan CHOW   CHN  Zongshen Team of China   Aprilia