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Smith claims third 125cc pole from Terol

Polaris World rider recaptures form to put himself on lower cylinder category top spot.

After conceding his 100% 2008 pole position record in Estoril, Bradley Smith put himself back on the 125cc top spot and claimed another Tissot watch in Shanghai. The Polaris World rider confirmed the fast pace set in both yesterday´s opening qualifying session and this morning´s runout to take the third front spot of his World Championship career.

Smith´s fastest time was a 2´12.364 lap of the Chinese circuit, improving his Friday time by nearly a second and denying Jack&Jones WRB´s Nico Terol his first pole position by just 0.028.

Mike di Meglio and 2007 World Champion Gabor Talmacsi moved up to the front row for the Sunday race, whilst there was a big improvement made by I.C. Team´s Andrea Iannone to head the second row. The Italian will be joined by Joan Olive and Pol Espargaro from Belson Derbi and yesterday´s provisional poleman Stefan Bradl.

World Championship leader Simone Corsi dropped down from the front row to eleventh place, unable to improve upon his qualifying time. Also falling –in the most literal sense of the word- were Raffaele de Rosa and Jules Cluzel, involved in an incident at the end of the session. De Rosa´s Onde 2000 KTM teammate Pablo Nieto took a tumble soon after.

Tags:
125cc, 2008, QP2

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