2009 Catalunya 250cc Qualifying Practice Result - Pipped At The Post

Results of the 250cc Qualifying Practice at Barcelona:

Pepe World's Hector Barbera snatched pole away from title favorite and fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista in the final minutes of qualifying for tomorrow's 250cc race at Barcelona, after Bautista had looked to have it firmly in the bag. Bautista in turn had taken the fastest time from Gilera's Marco Simoncelli, but after a crash at Turn 1, Simoncelli lost too much time to put in a concerted attack on pole. The Italian still ended up in 3rd, and on the front row.

Thomas Luthi rounds out the front row, at the track where he first got onto the front row in the 125cc class. The Swiss rider sits ahead of Alex Debon, with Hiroshi Aoyama down in 6th. Aoyama, like Simoncelli, crashed early in the session, and spent some time in the pits waiting for running repairs to be effected on his bike.

Stevie Bonsey has shown good progress after finally making his debut in the 250cc class. The American was supposed to start the season with the Aprilia Madrid team, but that attempt folded from a lack of funds. A 19th place start on the grid is creditable, aboard the privateer Aprilia LE of the Millar - Juegos Lucky team.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 1'46.749    
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 1'46.899 0.150 0.150
3 58 Marco SIMONCELLI GILERA 1'46.908 0.159 0.009
4 12 Thomas LUTHI APRILIA 1'47.081 0.332 0.173
5 6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 1'47.125 0.376 0.044
6 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'47.166 0.417 0.041
7 75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA 1'47.225 0.476 0.059
8 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 1'47.379 0.630 0.154
9 63 Mike DI MEGLIO APRILIA 1'47.426 0.677 0.047
10 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 1'47.559 0.810 0.133
11 25 Alex BALDOLINI APRILIA 1'47.596 0.847 0.037
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM APRILIA 1'47.725 0.976 0.129
13 35 Raffaele DE ROSA HONDA 1'47.747 0.998 0.022
14 16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 1'47.795 1.046 0.048
15 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA HONDA 1'48.032 1.283 0.237
16 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 1'48.088 1.339 0.056
17 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 1'48.101 1.352 0.013
18 7 Axel PONS APRILIA 1'50.450 3.701 2.349
19 51 Stevie BONSEY APRILIA 1'50.598 3.849 0.148
20 53 Valentin DEBISE HONDA 1'50.653 3.904 0.055
21 11 Balazs NEMETH APRILIA 1'50.732 3.983 0.079
22 8 Bastien CHESAUX HONDA 1'51.229 4.480 0.497
23 10 Imre TOTH APRILIA 1'51.296 4.547 0.067
24 56 Vladimir LEONOV APRILIA 1'52.133 5.384 0.837
25 54 Toby MARKHAM HONDA 1'52.856 6.107 0.723
Round Number: 
6
2009
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