Marco Simoncelli is the first ever rider to lap the Sachsenring on a 250 in under 1'24

Marco Simoncelli is the first ever rider to lap the Sachsenring on a 250 in under 1'24

 

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marco Simoncelli to start at the front of the grid in the Sachsenring 250 GP

By James Keen -

MotoGP

 12 July 2008 15:00

Italian Marco Simoncelli, racing for the Metis Gilera team, has dominated both of the 250cc qualifying sessions to earn himself pole position in tomorrow's 250 GP at the Sachsenring in Germany.

Simoncelli managed a best time of 1'23.399, making him the fastest 250 rider to lap the Sachsenring and the only one to ever break the 1'24 mark.

Hector Barbera (second fastest in yesterday's qualifying practise) took third place on the grid, with a fastest lap only two hundredths of a second slower than second place qualifier Julian Simon.

1  Marco SIMONCELLI  ITA  Metis Gilera    Gilera   1'23.399  
2  Julian SIMON   SPA  Repsol KTM 250cc   KTM   1'24.057  
3  Hector BARBERA   SPA  Team Toth Aprilia   Aprilia  1'24.077  
4  Mika KALLIO   FIN  Red Bull KTM 250   KTM   1'24.084  
5  Alvaro BAUTISTA  SPA  Mapfre Aspar Team   Aprilia  1'24.253  
6  Alex DEBON   SPA  Lotus Aprilia    Aprilia  1'24.398  
7  Fabrizio LAI   ITA  Campetella Racing   Gilera   1'24.460  
8  Roberto LOCATELLI  ITA  Metis Gilera    Gilera   1'24.502  
9  Hiroshi AOYAMA   JPN  Red Bull KTM 250   KTM   1'24.544  
10  Yuki TAKAHASHI   JPN  JiR Team Scot 250   Honda   1'24.652  
11  Aleix ESPARGARO  SPA  Lotus Aprilia    Aprilia  1'24.785  
12  Mattia PASINI   ITA  Polaris World    Aprilia  1'24.797  
13  Hector FAUBEL   SPA  Mapfre Aspar Team   Aprilia  1'24.801  
14  Thomas LUTHI   SWI  Emmi - Caffe Latte   Aprilia  1'24.811  
15  Lukas PESEK   CZE  Auto Kelly - CP   Aprilia  1'24.847  
16  Karel ABRAHAM   CZE  Cardion AB Motoracing   Aprilia  1'24.865  
17  Ratthapark WILAIROT  THA  Thai Honda PTT SAG   Honda   1'25.331  
18  Federico SANDI   ITA  Zongshen Team of China   Aprilia  1'25.492  
19  Eugene LAVERTY   IRL  Blusens Aprilia   Aprilia  1'25.956  
20  Alex BALDOLINI   ITA  Matteoni Racing   Aprilia  1'26.394  
21  Imre TOTH   HUN  Team Toth Aprilia   Aprilia  1'26.862  
22  Russel GOMEZ   SPA  Blusens Aprilia   Aprilia  1'27.291  
23  Doni Tata PRADITA  INA  Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia  Yamaha   1'27.388  
24  Toni WIRSING   GER  Racing Team Germany   Honda   1'27.836  
25  Alen GYORFI   HUN  Motorcycle Competition Service  Honda   1'29.134