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Ui takes pole in 125 class despite crashing

Ui takes pole in 125 class despite crashing

Riders continued to hit the dust today with six riders crashing in the final 125 qualifying session, including pole setter Youichi Ui. The Derbi rider seemed to have a braking problem midway into the session and headed straight on a right hand corner and clipping the knee of wildcard Erwin Nigon before ploughing into the side of Gianluigi Scalvini and taking the Italian into the gravel in a bundle of machinery and men.

The Japanese Derbi rider dusted himself down and headed straight back to the pits, before re-emerging to set his best lap of the session and taking pole off the nose of Gilera youngster Manuel Poggiali. San Marino rider Poggiali will be more than satisfied with second place on the grid though, and he will be joined on the front row by experience Italian Lucio Cecchinello and surprise package Jaroslav Hules. Czech Honda rider Hules ensured that for the fourth consecutive time this season there are four different factories represented on the front row of the grid.

Further proof that the 125 class is the most open series in MotoGP 2001 to date lies in the performance of Championship leader Masao Azuma. The Japanese rider has looked extremely out of sorts throughout the whole weekend and was only able to qualify in 18th place on the grid.

Nobby Ueda qualified in fifth spot ahead of Toni Elias in sixth, whilst Mirko Giansanti and Gino Borsoi make up the front row. The other riders to crash out of the session were Angel Rodriguez, Jakub Smrz, Pablo Nieto and Alex de Angelis.

125cc, 2001, Grand Prix Polini de France, QP1

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