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Simoncelli retains pole position at windy Jerez

Simoncelli retains pole position at windy Jerez

Simoncelli retains pole position at windy Jerez

The strong wind at the Jerez circuit this afternoon prevented most of the 125 riders from improving their lap times in the final qualifying session of the Gran Premio Marlboro de España.

Marco Simoncelli (from the Nocable.IT Race – Aprilia team) remained at the top of the timesheets thanks to his best lap set on Friday afternoon. The Italian walked unscathed from a spectacular crash in the early stages of the session, but didn't rejoin the track later on.

Speaking after the session Simoncelli said, "I'm happy to get my first pole of the season, but today riding was really difficult. I crashed and I'm still not sure why. I wasn't really pushing when I went out; after I saw it on the TV there was a lot of dirt. I went back to the pits to go out with the spare bike, but we had a problem with this one, and when I could have come back on track, there wasn't enough time left."

The fastest rider of the afternoon was Kopron Racing World – Honda's Fabrizio Lai, who will complete the front row alongside Simoncelli, Pasini and Lüthi.

Mika Kallio will head the second row after being pushed back to fifth by the Italian's effort, starting ahead of his Red Bull KTM team-mate Gabor Talmacsi. The last two spots of the second row will be occupied by Hector Faubel and Raffael de Rosa, the fastest rookie so far this weekend.

Several incidents occurred during the session: before Simoncelli's shunt, Czech rookie Karel Abraham suffered a minor fall, while Sandro Cortese and wildcard Pavel Vostarek clashed right after Lorenzo Zanetti's heavy crash in turn five. The Italian from the Skilled ISPA Racing team was taken to the hospital for medical checks.

The125 action will resume tomorrow morning at Jerez, with the warm-up session from 8.45 to 9.05, and the race starting at 11.00 CET.


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