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Iannone benefits from rain with 125cc pole

Iannone benefits from rain with 125cc pole

Italian awarded pole position after rain washes out qualifying.

Andrea Iannone was the principal beneficiary of rain for the third time in his 125cc career on Saturday afternoon, as heavy rain in Japan led to the cancellation of qualifying and his being awarded the pole position spot. Having won his first race in a restarted Chinese round in 2008, and most recently taking victory in a four-lap opening round of the 2009 season in Qatar, the Ongetta I.S.PA. Team rider reaped the rewards of the regulations and a speedy Friday time.

The procedure for deciding grid positions in a situation like that experienced on Saturday meant that combined times for the previous free practice runs would decide starting positions. With all times in the opening session quicker than a wet second run, Iannone’s 2’00.685 lap was enough to take him to his second Grand Prix pole.

The series leader will be racing against Bancaja Aspar rival Julián Simon, 2008 racewinner Stefan Bradl and Blusens Aprilia’s Esteve Rabat –on the front row for the first time- to get to the first corner in front.

Nico Terol, Dominique Aegerter, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró make up row two for the Polini Grand Prix of Japan.

The 125cc warmup will run for 30 minutes from 8.35am local time on Sunday.


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