Phillip Island : 250cc – Day One
Having delivered a powerful performance in free practice on Friday morning at Phillip Island, title defender Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) took provisional pole in the afternoon at the GMC Australian Grand Prix by a healthy 0.717s margin.
The 250cc World Champion's time of 1'33.641s may have been a second and a half off Sebastian Porto's three year old quarter litre class circuit record, but it was still good enough to keep him well clear of his rivals, with his old team-mate Hector Barbera (Team Toth Aprilia) coming closest in second.
A 1.179s gap behind the champion was Alex de Angelis (Master - Mapfre Aspar), who is mathematically still in with an outside chance of winning the title and sits third on the provisional grid, ahead of fourth placed Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Team Scot) – who also has aspirations of taking Lorenzo's crown.
The provisional second row, meanwhile, comprises Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera), Alvaro Bautista (Master - Mapfre Aspar), Hiroshi Aoyama (Red Bull KTM) and Julian Simon (Repsol Honda), with Simon's team-mate Shuhei Aoyama and Red Bull KTM's Mika Kallio at the front of row three completing the top ten.
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