Smith takes pole for Italian 125cc contest

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Englishman Bradley Smith took his first pole position of 2009 at Mugello on Saturday.

Bancaja Aspar rider Bradley Smith set a new pole record at Mugello on Saturday afternoon, in beautiful conditions at the Tuscan track, his 1’58.134 hot lap beating Lukas Pesek’s record from 2006 by a 0.068s margin.

Smith therefore heads the 125cc grid for the first time this season, having taken pole on three occasions last year.

The Oxfordshire teenager is joined on the front row by three riders he knows very well, his compatriot Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia) in second place and his team-mates Julián Simón and Sergio Gadea in third and fourth respectively.

Another Spanish competitor Marc Márquez (Red Bull KTM) heads the second row, in front of home rider Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Team I.S.P.A.), Frenchman Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team) and the KTM rider’s compatriot Pol Espargaró (Derbi Racing Team).

Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten) qualified ninth, whilst Danny Webb (Degraaf Grand Prix) made it three Brits in the top ten.

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