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Max Sabbatani takes first ever career pole in 125 class

Max Sabbatani takes first ever career pole in 125 class

Max Sabbatani today took his first ever career pole position after setting the quickest lap overall in this afternoon´s final qualifying session for the 125 class at the Sachsenring. Sabbatani will attempt to follow his performance up with a first ever win tomorrow when the red light goes out on MotoGP´s minor class for the ninth time this season. The pint sized pilot held off the substantial challenge of fellow Italians Simone Sanna and Lucio Cecchinello, who took second and third positions on the grid respectively, all riding Aprilia machinery.

Gilera rider Manuel Poggiali completes the front row having outshone title rival Toni Elias at a gloomy German venue this afternoon. Elias was unable to hang on to his provisional pole position and seemed to struggle over the final part of the section when otherwise lapping well towards the end of the session. The Spaniard heads a second row which also includes Steve Jenkner in sixth place. The German rider had delighted his home crowd by moving to the top of the time sheets midway through the session, but his hopes of a front row start were scuppered when he fell on a fast lap with just five minutes remaining until the chequered flag.

The top eight is completed by Gino Borsoi and Youichi Ui, whilst Nobby Ueda had to settle for the third row after a nasty fall on a fast lap ended his session early, leaving him in ninth position. Ui also fell, as did Angel Rodriguez and Gabor Talmacsi.

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125cc, 2001, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, QP1

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