Alex Debon went out for a test lap, but was in too much pain. So the final 250 race ever will start with a different polesitter. Debon qualified on pole, but because he won't be starting, Marco Simoncelli will be starting from pole, alongside Hector Barbera, Ratthapark Wilairot and Hiroshi Aoyama, who moves up onto the front row.
Sadly, our regular photographer Scott Jones couldn't make it to Valencia. Fortunately, we ran into Israeli TV commentator Tammy Gorali, who also happens to be a pretty mean snapper herself. She was kind enough to allow us to use some of the shots she took today during qualifying.
Results of qualifying for the 250 class at Valencia:
Alex Debon took the last ever 250cc pole position at Valencia, but it brought the Valencia native little luck. Debon, who carries sponsorship from a regional airport, located just up the coast from Valencia, crashed heavily with just a couple of minutes left in the session caused by what looked like a seized engine. The Spaniard went straight on into the gravel, and was thrown off his bike just before he ran out of space and hit the barrier. Debon was then stretchered away, his condition as yet unknown.
Results of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class:
Casey Stoner's weekend continues as it started: By dominating almost from start to finish. The Australian took provisional pole at the start of the session, and only relinquished it once, when Jorge Lorenzo took over with 13 minutes to go. Two minutes later, Stoner was back on top, and a quarter of a second faster than anyone else on the track.
Results of Qualifying Practice for the 125cc class:
Mike di Meglio topped the timesheets in the second session of free practice for the 250cc class, relegating the Valencian riders into a battle for 2nd. Alex Debon was the fastest of the local boys, edging out Hector Barbera by just fifteen hundredths of a second. Championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama finished the session in 4th, in good shape for this afternoon's qualifying. Marco Simoncelli, the only man capable of denying Aoyama the final 250 crown, had a more difficult time, ending the session in 8th.
Casey Stoner continues his domination of proceedings at Valencia, the fastest rider once again in the morning session of MotoGP practice. The Australian topped the timesheets just about all session, with only Jorge Lorenzo to get close. Lorenzo looked to have a firm grip on 2nd, but was bumped down to 3rd by Dani Pedrosa, who put in a blistering lap in the dying minutes of practice. Pedrosa leapfrogged over both Fiat Yamahas, leaving Valentino Rossi down in 4th behind his team mate.
Sergio Gadea was the fastest 125 rider in this morning's session of free practice, beating out his team mate and 2009 World Champion Julian Simon, and by quite a margin. Nico Terol was the 3rd fastest man, while Pol Espargaro made it an all-Spanish top 4 just a fraction off Terol's time. British rider Bradley Smith had another middling start, ending the session in 9th, while Scott Redding ended up 12th. De Graaf's Danny Webb finished practice with the 18th quickest time.