Jerez : 250cc – Final qualifying
Reigning 250cc World Champion was at his dominant best in qualifying for tomorrow's race at the Circuito de Jerez.
The Spanish star lead the way this afternoon, quicker than arch-rival Héctor Barbera at the track where the factory
Aprilia rider took his first quarter litre victory last year, to put himself in a prime position to repeat his 2006 triumph.
The ex-teammates have had their run-ins in the past, and tempers were flaring on track with a number of gestures shown to one another. Lorenzo and Barbera will lock horns tomorrow on the front row for the Gran Premio bwin.com de Espana, with fellow Spaniard Julian Simon and 2006 World Championship runner-up Andrea Dovizioso all looking to take the holeshot when the red light goes out.
Alvaro Bautista, a non-finisher in Qatar two weeks ago, heads row two, followed by Marco Simoncelli, Shuhei Aoyama and Thomas Luthi.
Alex de Angelis suffered a small accident at low speed in the afternoon session, and will be disappointed to only start from 13th tomorrow.
The paddock awaits news of the condition of 250cc rider Roberto Locatelli, who suffered an horrific crash in this morning's practice session and remains in hospital at nearby Cadiz. The full extent of the popular veteran's injuries are not yet known.
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