Valencia : 250cc - Day One
Just as is the case in MotoGP, the 2006 250cc World Champion is yet to be crowned.
Jorge Lorenzo gets the upper hand holding on to a thirteen points advantage over Andrea Dovizioso.
The Spaniard is though under a lot of pressure,
racing in front of his home crowd, and the Italian is going to push him hard.
The morning practice session has seen two outsiders storming at the front with Héctor Barbera lapping fastest (1'36''102) ahead of Aprilia official test rider Alex Debon. The standings leader Jorge Lorenzo came third, a second away from his team mate Barbera.
Fourth was Hiroshi Aoyama (KTM) with a mere thousand of a second advantage over Marco Simoncelli's Gilera. Dovizioso, the fastest Honda rider, took sixth. De Angelis, De Gea, a resurgent Poggiali and privateer West rounded off the top ten.
Things only got serious in the first qualifying session, held in the afternoon.
After all three Fortuna Aprilia riders had headed the 250cc free practice classification this morning, it was Red Bull KTM's Hiroshi Aoyama who put himself on provisional pole for Sunday's Grand Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana.
The Japanese rider was the only quarter litre star to go round the Cheste Circuit faster than 1'36 seconds, with a best time of 1'35.
982 towards the end of the session.
Two of the previously dominant Fortuna Aprilia squadron line up alongside Aoyama on the provisional grid, with Hector Barbera and Jorge Lorenzo in second and third on the timesheets.
Marco Simoncelli, Andrea Dovizioso and Shuhei Aoyama completed the top six.
David de Gea, Alex de Angelis, Roberto Locatelli and Manuel Poggiali rounded off the top ten.
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