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Cortese snatches first ever 125cc pole position

Cortese snatches first ever 125cc pole position

Ajo Interwetten rider takes 125cc top spot in close-run session.

Whilst all eyes were on the established names putting in their final hot laps in 125cc qualifying, Ajo Interwetten’s Sandro Cortese snuck out from behind Julián Simón’s Aprilia and onto the first grid spot for the first pole position of his career.

The German had been outside the front two rows with his previous best time, but as the clock ran down he pulled a 1’45.430 lap out of the hat to relegate Simón to second place. Both were on flying laps in the final seconds of the session, knocking Jack&Jones WRB’s Nico Terol down to third in a front row split by just over two-tenths of a second.

Another German, Stefan Bradl, joins Cortese on the front row for the Alice TT Assen, leaving two of the series’ title contenders aiming for victory from the second line. Bradley Smith and Andrea Iannone –winner of the last race in Barcelona- are accompanied by a rejuvenated Simone Corsi and Spaniard Pol Espargaró.

The top fourteen riders were all within a second of each other in the qualifying session.

125cc, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN, QP

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