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Di Meglio takes first career pole for Motegi showdown

Di Meglio takes first career pole for Motegi showdown

Mike di Meglio will start from pole on Sunday for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

125cc World Champipnship leader Mike di Meglio will start the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan from pole position on Sunday, the first qualifying top spot of his Grand Prix career. The Frenchman was the frontrunner in a second qualifying session in which improved track conditions were reflected by the lower cylinder category lap times, with every rider dropping their Friday markers. Riding the Ajo Motorsport Derbi machine, Di Meglio clocked a 1´58.678 lap of which no other rider could get within three-tenths of a second.

Joining him on the front row, Stefan Bradl placed on the frontline for the second race in succession, joined by Indianapolis racewinner Nico Terol in another sterling showing for the young Spaniard. Terol was pushing for pole late on in the session, but saw his front wheel raise up and create a nervous moment with the WRB Jack&Jones Aprilia man.

Emmi-Caffe Latte´s Sandro Cortese completes the first line, in the top four at the start of a race for the first time this season, in doing so relegating reigning World Champion Gabor Talmacsi to row two. Scott Redding, Dominique Aegerter and Pol Espargaro will be lining up alongside the Bancaja Aspar rider.

Provisional poleman Joan Olive could only manage twelfth in the session, whilst title contender Simone Corsi will start from fifteenth on the grid.


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