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Iannone provisionally poles in Sepang

Iannone provisionally poles in Sepang

The 125cc provisional pole in Malaysia went to Andrea Iannone on Friday.

Andrea Iannone placed on provisional pole for the 125cc Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Friday afternoon´s first qualifying session, putting down a 2´14.676 lap on a dry track. The result could prove decisive for the first grid spot for the Sunday race, with any rain that should fall during the second timed run sure to lower the frontrunner´s times.

Iannone has never started a race from pole position in his Grand Prix career, but was far-and-away the quickest man on track in the category on day one. The I.C. rider was some six-tenths of a second faster than closest rival Gabor Talmacsi, and exactly a second quicker than fellow provisional front row starter Pol Espargaro. Sandwiched in between the latter duo was Danny Webb, returning to action after missing the Australian Grand Prix with a fractured collarbone.

Sergio Gadea, Joan Olive, Tomoyoshi Koyama and Simone Corsi make up the Friday second row, whilst recently-crowned 125cc World Champion Mike di Meglio had to settle for ninth place and a spot on the third line.

Having seen his Repsol KTM teammate Marc Marquez ruled out of action due to a morning crash, Esteve Rabat took a tumble in the afternoon run from which he escaped riled but unharmed.


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