Bati 6th On Valencia Grid

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Alvaro lines up 6th on the grid for tomorrow’s Valencia GP – the last race of the 2008 season.
Here’s what he said about the final quali session…

“The truth is that today was pretty much our first session in the dry but I had a problem with my first bike and had to take the second one. At the end of the session I ran into a bit of traffic and wasn’t able to get a good lap together. I’m not too pleased with sixth place but I’m confident we can improve the engine and set-up of my number one bike. This is our home race and we can’t let Simoncelli win here. I’ll be going out tomorrow to beat him and win the race. It’s an important one and the tactic is to win it whatever way we can. I’ll be doing my part with that. The KTMs are also going really well at this track and I think it will be a group race. It is difficult to escape here so we’ll try and run with the front group and I’m sure it will be a scrap.”

And here’s the final quali sheet in full…

Pos | Rider | Nation | Team | Lap time
1 M. SIMONCELLI ITA Metis Gilera 1’35.408
2 A. DEBON SPA Lotus Aprilia + 0.010
3 J. SIMON SPA Repsol KTM 250cc + 0.556
4 M. KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM 250 + 0.786
5 H. AOYAMA JPN Red Bull KTM 250 + 0.859
6 A. BAUTISTA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team + 1.011
7 R. WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT SAG + 1.160
8 R. LOCATELLI ITA Metis Gilera + 1.165
9 H. FAUBEL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team + 1.227
10 Y. TAKAHASHI JPN JiR Team Scot 250 + 1.246
11 T. LUTHI SWI Emmi – Caffe Latte + 1.424
12 A. ESPARGARO SPA Lotus Aprilia + 1.433
13 L. PESEK CZE Auto Kelly – CP + 1.484
14 M. PASINI ITA Polaris World + 1.639
15 F. LAI ITA Campetella Racing + 1.992
16 A. BALDOLINI ITA Matteoni Racing + 2.047
17 S. GROTZKYJ ITA Campetella Racing + 2.395
18 I. TOTH HUN Team Toth Aprilia + 2.837
19 F. SANDI ITA Zongshen AOS Racing + 3.184
20 K. ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing + 3.233
21 M. HERNANDEZ SPA Blusens Aprilia + 3.466
22 D. ARCAS SPA Blusens Aprilia + 3.774
23 D. PRADITA INA Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia + 5.185
24 A. GYORFI HUN Team Toth Aprilia + 5.667
25 T. WIRSING GER Racing Team Germany + 6.566

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