2009 Valencia 250cc QP Result - Polesitter Crashes In Final Minute

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.

Debon finished three tenths up on Marco Simoncelli, the Gilera rider having solved his earlier woes to improve his times significantly. His 2nd fastest time is his best result of the weekend so far, and was vital if Simoncelli is to keep his title hopes alive, as he needs to win the race to have any chance of the championship. Hector Barbera will start from alongside Simoncelli in 3rd, ahead of Ratthapark Wilairot, the Thai rider putting in yet another strong qualifying performance. Hiroshi Aoyama heads up the second row, the Japanese rider setting the 5th fastest time of the session.

Result

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 1'36.116    
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI GILERA 1'36.450 0.334 0.334
3 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 1'36.470 0.354 0.020
4 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 1'36.563 0.447 0.093
5 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'36.656 0.540 0.093
6 12 Thomas LUTHI APRILIA 1'36.985 0.869 0.329
7 17 Karel ABRAHAM APRILIA 1'37.271 1.155 0.286
8 75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA 1'37.278 1.162 0.007
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 1'37.303 1.187 0.025
10 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 1'37.318 1.202 0.015
11 35 Raffaele DEROSA HONDA 1'37.365 1.249 0.047
12 25 Alex BALDOLINI APRILIA 1'37.577 1.461 0.212
13 16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 1'37.749 1.633 0.172
14 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 1'37.811 1.695 0.062
15 63 Mike DIMEGLIO APRILIA 1'37.958 1.842 0.147
16 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA HONDA 1'38.085 1.969 0.127
17 7 Axel PONS APRILIA 1'38.126 2.010 0.041
18 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 1'38.291 2.175 0.165
19 11 Balazs NEMETH APRILIA 1'38.737 2.621 0.446
20 73 Shuhei AOYAMA HONDA 1'38.795 2.679 0.058
21 53 Valentin DEBISE HONDA 1'39.283 3.167 0.488
22 56 Vladimir LEONOV APRILIA 1'40.371 4.255 1.088
23 8 Bastien CHESAUX APRILIA 1'41.605 5.489 1.234
24 10 Imre TOTH APRILIA 1'42.418 6.302 0.813
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'42.844
* 33 William DUNLOP HONDA 1'42.906 6.790 0.488

 

* Have qualified for the race having achieved a time within 107 % of the fastest rider in a free practice session.

Round Number: 
17
2009
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