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Simón takes first pole of 2009 at Losail

Simón takes first pole of 2009 at Losail

Bancaja Aspar rider Julián Simón heads the 125cc grid at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

The opening qualifying session of the 2009 FIM MotoGP World Championship season saw Julián Simón lap ahead of his rivals to take the first pole position of the year and the first of his career.

Returning to the single cylinder class this year with Bancaja Aspar, Simón was in good testing form over the winter and has been the fastest rider in every 125cc session so far this weekend at the Losail International Circuit.

Simón’s 2’06.974s best effort towards the end of the session put him on pole, just ahead of his new team-mate Bradley Smith. Second fastest with his best time just 0.133s slower than Simón, Smith was unable to repeat his 2008 Qatar pole position.

Joining the pace-setting Aspar pair on the front row are Italian rider Andrea Iannone (Ongetta I.S.P.A.) and another Spaniard Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Team), who were respectively 0.614s and 0.807s down on Simón’s pole time.

The second row of the grid for the first race of the year on Sunday night will feature Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten), last year’s Qatar race-winner Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar), Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Pol Espargaró (Derbi Racing Team).


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