Estoril : 250cc grid
After coming so close to his maiden 250cc win two weeks ago, Marco Simoncelli now has another shot at a first victory in the class from pole position in Portugal, beating Andrea Doviziosoīs pole position record from 2007.
The Metis Gilera riderīs
first pole position in the class confirmed his provisional top spot from Friday afternoon, with a 1ī40.257 lap three tenths of a second faster than anything rival Alvaro Bautista could muster up.
The two riders who so spectacularly collided on the final lap in Jerez will now line up side by side on the Estoril grid, with the desire for a win never greater.
Series leader Mattia Pasini joins the duo on the frontline, despite suffering a face plant lowside in the opening moments of the Saturday session. The Italian has twice been on the podium since making his debut in 250cc, and has the second placed rider in the World Championship Red Bull KTMīs Mika Kallio- alongside him on the front row in Portugal.
JiR Team Scotīs Yuki Takahashi leads the second row, ahead of fellow Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama, Lotus Apriliaīs Alex Debon and Emmi-Caffe Latte Swiss star Thomas Luthi.
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