Istanbul : 250cc second qualifying
Andrea Dovizioso snatched the 250cc Grand Prix of Turkey pole position from Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo and Alvaro Bautista at the Istanbul Park circuit this afternoon, the Italian edging out Lorenzo by less than one tenth of a second in the
second qualifying session.
Scot Racing Team's Dovizioso finished at the top of the timesheets, to earn his first pole of the year, with a lap of 1'57.473, which was 0.947s quicker than his best QP1 time, enough to push him in front of World Champion Lorenzo - who himself improved his Friday time by a similar but ultimately insufficient 0.917s despite a strong charge in his final two laps of the run-out.
Last year's 250cc World Championship runner-up Dovizioso finished third at this Grand Prix in 2006, a race which saw Lorenzo crash out on the first lap. This context should make for some interesting viewing on Sunday as the Italian 21 year-old attempts to put a stop to his 19 year-old Spanish opponent's 2007 dominance of the quarter litre category.
Meanwhile, the man on provisional pole overnight, 125cc title holder Bautista, was the only rider of the group of 24 participants unable to improve on his Friday qualifying time, meaning he slipped back to third on the grid - with Dovizioso almost a second quicker.
Completing a trio of Aprilia riders behind Honda equipped Dovizioso on the front row is Master - Mapfre Aspar's Alex de Angelis, who has his own aspirations to take victory as he sits second in the current World Championship standings after two races, 17 points behind Lorenzo.
The second row of the grid features Marco Simoncelli of Metis Gilera, Emmi – Caffe Latte Aprilia's Thomas Luthi, Finnish rider Mika Kallio and Spanish Repsol Honda 250cc rider Julian Simon.
Having started the opening two Grands Prix of the season in second place on the grid, Hector Barbera will have to make up plenty of ground to challenge for a podium finish as he starts in tenth tomorrow.
DORNA / CAPSIS International