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Smith takes home pole in 125cc barnburner

Smith takes home pole in 125cc barnburner

Briton joined by Spanish trio on 125cc frontline for home encounter.

Bradley Smith will start his home Grand Prix at Donington Park with the best view in the house on Sunday morning, sitting on pole position for the second time this season. The Bancaja Aspar rider had to pull something special out of his box of tricks in the final minute of the qualifying session, duly obliging with a 1’37.442 lap to grab the top spot from Marc Marquez.

Smith has never had the best of results at the venue for the British Grand Prix, but his final chance to take glory at the Midlands circuit is his best shot at a memorable victory.

Red Bull KTM rider Marquez separates Smith and World Championship leader Julián Simon on the grid, with third Aspar rider Sergio Gadea putting the entire squadron on the front line for only the second time this year. Simón had crashed early on in the session.

Row two continues the Spanish theme, lining up Joan Olivé, Nico Terol, Pol Espargaró and ‘odd-one-out’ German rider Sandro Cortese.


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