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Gadea snatches pole from Pasini

Gadea snatches pole from Pasini

Gadea snatches pole from Pasini

Local hero Sergio Gadea clinched pole position this afternoon at Valencia, beating Mattia Pasini by just three thousandths of a second on his last flying lap. Riding in front of his supporters this weekend, Gadea had already been the fastest rider in the last free practice session and will aim for his first Grand Prix win in tomorrow's race.

Provisional pole holder Pasini was quickly demoted from top spot and only improved on his time in the last third of the session. The Italian moved to the top of the times screens after his last qualifying run only to be bettered by Gadea a few moments later.

Mika Kallio was relegated to third by the Spaniard and the Italian after spending most of the session in first spot - the Finn still has a very remote chance of beating Thomas Lüthi to the 125cc crown. The Swiss youngster qualified in fourth just 0.095s adrift of his rival and just needs to score three points in tomorrow's race to secure the title.

The second row of the grid will be headed by Fabrizio Lai, fifth fastest ahead of Héctor Faubel and German rookie Sandro Cortese, while Gabor Talmacsi secured eighth. Tomy Koyama was ninth quickest, followed by Istanbul winner Mike di Meglio, who completes the top ten.


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