Qatar : 250cc – Qualifying practice 1
Héctor Barbera continued from where he left off at the end of preseason with the fastest time in 250cc today, a 2'00''070 lap of the Losail International Circuit.
The Spaniard has commented that this season is the most important
of his career, and certainly seemed motivated as he edged out former team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to take provisional pole for Saturday's race.
The reigning World Champion, Lorenzo was just less than two tenths of a second behind Barbera at the track where he took victory last season. Completing an all-Spanish trio at the business end of the standings, Alvaro Bautista also went round un under 2'01.
The Aspar rider is not focusing on results this season, instead keen to simply enjoy himself during his debut season in the quarter litre class, but his opening qualifying performance confirms the potential Bautista holds in 250cc.
Alex de Angelis, Thomas Luthi and Andrea Dovizioso rounded off the top six, ahead of Mika Kallio, Aoyama brothers Shuhei and Hiroshi, and one of last season's standout performers in Qatar, Roberto Locatelli.
Julian Simon was making his comeback from a shoulder injury suffered during testing two weeks ago, and braved the pain to finish 11th despite being less than 100% fit.
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