Well, after yesterday’s slightly middling sessions, today’s FP2 practice (in which Alvaro as 1st) was followed up by a storming final qualifying session in...


Well, after yesterday’s slightly middling sessions, today’s FP2 practice (in which Alvaro as 1st) was followed up by a storming final qualifying session in which he nabbed pole very effectively.
Maybe it was that snazzy new helmet design that helped?! (pics of that to follow… it’s very nice…)

In the post-qualifying press conference, Alvaro looked really, really happy – and couldn’t stop grinning with one of his typically widescreen smiles. He said he hoped to follow up today’s result with victory. He said yesterday they had a lot of problems – in the front particularly, he had no confidence, but that today was very good and the team had worked hard.
He thinks he has a good setting for tomorrow and he is happy to do well in Jerez – as it is a home race – and he hopes to do well for the fans.

Anyhoo – here’s the results in full:

Spanish GP; Jerez, 250cc – Final Qualifying

1 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team APRILIA 1’43.071
2 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 1’43.198
3 Alex DEBON SPA Lotus Aprilia APRILIA 1’43.286
4 Thomas LUTHI SWI Emmi – Caffe Latte APRILIA 1’43.596
5 Julian SIMON SPA Repsol KTM 250cc KTM 1’43.629
6 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 1’43.640
7 Hector BARBERA SPA Team Toth Aprilia APRILIA 1’43.748
8 Roberto LOCATELLI ITA Metis Gilera GILERA 1’43.823
9 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Metis Gilera GILERA 1’43.921
10 Mattia PASINI ITA Polaris World APRILIA 1’43.935
11 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN JiR Team Scot 250 HONDA 1’44.022
12 Fabrizio LAI ITA Campetella Racing GILERA 1’44.032
13 Hector FAUBEL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team APRILIA 1’44.166
14 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing APRILIA 1’44.249
15 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Lotus Aprilia APRILIA 1’44.335
16 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Matteoni Racing APRILIA 1’44.754
17 Lukas PESEK CZE Auto Kelly – CP APRILIA 1’44.818
18 Manuel POGGIALI RSM Campetella Racing GILERA 1’44.854
19 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT SAG HONDA 1’45.753
20 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Blusens Aprilia APRILIA 1’46.503
21 Manuel HERNANDEZ SPA Blusens Aprilia APRILIA 1’46.835
22 Imre TOTH HUN Team Toth Aprilia APRILIA 1’47.005
23 Doni Tata PRADITA INA Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia YAMAHA 1’47.989

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Free Practice 2 – Results in full…

1 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1’43.379
2 Hector Barbera Aprilia 1’43.644 0.265
3 Alex Debon Aprilia 1’43.647 0.268
4 Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 1’43.718 0.339
5 Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1’43.864 0.485
6 Thomas Luthi Aprilia 1’43.866 0.487
7 Mika Kallio KTM 1’43.919 0.540
8 Julian Simon KTM 1’43.946 0.567
9 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 1’43.955 0.576
10 Fabrizio Lai Gilera 1’44.079 0.700
11 Mattia Pasini Aprilia 1’44.375 0.996
12 Yuki Takahashi Honda 1’44.619 1.240
13 Karel Abraham Aprilia 1’44.666 1.287
14 Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1’44.864 1.485
15 Hector Faubel Aprilia 1’44.991 1.612
16 R.Wilairot Honda 1’45.002 1.623
17 Lukas Pesek Aprilia 1’45.013 1.634
18 Manuel Poggiali Gilera 1’45.500 2.121
19 R.Locatelli Gilera 1’45.584 2.205
20 Imre Toth Aprilia 1’46.075 2.696
21 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 1’46.585 3.206
22 Manuel Hernández Aprilia 1’47.269 3.890
23 D.T.Pradita Yamaha 1’48.243 4.864

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