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Espargaro takes provisional pole in drenched 125cc session

Espargaro takes provisional pole in drenched 125cc session

Pol Espargaro continued to show promise in Mugello in the opening 125cc qualifying session, taking provisional pole at the Italian track.

A youthful top two head the provisional front row for the 125cc Gran Premio d´Italia Alice, with Belson Derbi´s Pol Espargaro and Blusens Aprilia rider Scott Redding the fastest duo of a soaking afternoon qualifying session. Espargaro continued his form from the first practice run by once again ending up as the fastest man on track, with a 2´18.932 lap in his final action of the day.

One of the youngest riders in the World Championship, Redding had a fine afternoon in wet conditions more familiar to those with experience of British racing. The teenager was just over a tenth of a second slower than Espargaro, and if he can stay within the top four tomorrow will earn a second front row of the season.

Series leader Mike di Meglio showed no ill-effects of his morning crash, just three-tenths of a second down on the top time in the session. The Ajo Motorsport man has placed on the podium twice in as many races, wet affairs in both Shanghai and Le Mans.

Raffaele de Rosa was the highest placing Italian, onboard the Onde 2000 KTM machine, whilst Sandro Cortese, perennial poleman Bradley Smith, World Champions Gabor Talmacsi, Joan Olive, Andrea Iannone and Danny Webb completed the top ten. Crashes came from Tomoyoshi Koyama and Efren Vazquez.


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