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2009 Brno 250cc Qualifying Practice Result - Pole Decided In Dying Seconds

Results and recap of qualifying practice for the 250cc class at Brno:

Marco Simoncelli will start Sunday's 250cc race at Brno from pole position, after taking a fabulous pole in the dying seconds of the session, and despite being held up by Alex Debon. Hector Barbera had once again dominated the early running, but with each session, his advantage has diminished. In the end, Barbera had to allow both Simoncelli and the Scot Honda of Hiroshi Aoyama ahead of him, Aoyama popping in a fast lap after the flag for the end of the session fell.

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2009 Brno 125cc Qualifying Practice Result - Smart Slipstreaming Wins Pole

Results and summary of qualifying practice for the 125cc class:

Andrea Iannone took a stunning pole at Brno, the wily Italian slipping into the draft of Nicolas Terol while the Spaniard was on a fast lap. Terol had led for much of the 40 minute session, but just a couple of minutes to go, Iannone tucked in behind Terol and used the tow to gain an advantage of 0.3 seconds.

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2009 Brno 250cc FP2 Result - Barbera Takes The Lead Again

Spaniard Hector Barbera topped the timesheets in the 250cc class once again, leading the second session of free practice from the halfway mark. Barbera had taken the top spot from early leader Roberto Locatelli, and it took a late surge by the championship favorites to displace him from the top 4. Alvaro Bautista ended the session in 2nd, a tenth behind Barbera, while Hiroshi Aoyama set his fastest lap on his final attempt to jump up to 3rd, ahead of Bautista's Aspar team mate Mike di Meglio.

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2009 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result - Pedrosa Closes The Gap On Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo once again topped the timesheets at Brno during the second session of free practice, but unlike yesterday afternoon, when it was all but a runaway for the Spaniard, the competition was a lot tighter on Saturday morning. Lorenzo took an early lead, cracking straight into the 1'56s, before setting the bar at 1'56.458. Only team mate Valentino Rossi could follow at first, and the closest he could get was to within a third of a second.

But as the session entered its second half, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa picked up the pace and started to close the gap. With 24 minutes to go, Pedrosa had cut his deficit to just 0.004 of a second, and it took Lorenzo until the final minutes of the session to respond, cutting a further 10th of a second from his time, lapping in an astonishing 1'56.331. To put that into perspective, the current pole record is 1'56.191. It is held by Valentino Rossi, who set it in 2006, on a 990cc Yamaha M1, using super-sticky qualifying tires, which were banned this year.

Rossi ended the session in 3rd place, behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa, having closed the gap a little, but still nearly half a second behind his team mate. Colin Edwards was 4th fastest, ahead of a resurgent Loris Capirossi. Mika Kallio once again won the battle of the Marlboro Ducatis, leaping ahead of his team mate Nicky Hayden with 14 minutes of the session left.


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2009 Brno 250cc FP1 Result - Barbera Holds Off Late Aoyama Challenge

Hector Barbera started the weekend apparently determined to prove to all and sundry that he has earned his promotion to the MotoGP class with Aspar, and set about doing so by being quickest throughout the first session of practice for the 250cc class by a significant margin. The Spaniard was only bested briefly, in the dying seconds of the session, by Hiroshi Aoyama, but Barbera was not far behind, and back on top of the timesheets again.

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2009 Brno MotoGP FP1 Result - Lorenzo Crushes The Opposition

Jorge Lorenzo didn't so much draw first blood in the first session of free practice as drain the body of MotoGP dry. Lorenzo destroyed the existing race lap record, setting a long string of laps in the 1'56s, including a 1'56.595, just 4/10ths off the pole record set by Valentino Rossi in 2006, on supersoft qualifying tires and a 990cc Yamaha M1. 

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2009 Brno 125 FP1 Result - Smith's Late Charge Puts Him On Top

Bradley Smith was fastest in the first session of free practice for the 125cc class. The British rider took top spot with just a few minutes to go, then improved his time to put it out of reach on his final lap. KTM's Marc Marquez took 2nd spot, forcing Smith's Aspar team mate Julian Simon down into 3rd. Nicolas Terol set the 4th fastest time.

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2009 Donington MotoGP Race Result - Dry And Drizzle Throws Up Strange Result

Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Donington:

Andrea Dovizioso finally got on the podium at Donington, and he did so in style, taking a well-earned victory in treacherous conditions. The race was declared wet from the beginning, and turned into a tag team battle between the Fiat Yamaha team and the Repsol Honda team in the early laps, with Toni Elias thrown in for good measure. But as the drizzle came and went, the mistakes started to appear.

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