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Márquez secures Motegi pole

Márquez secures Motegi pole

The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider was in commanding form in qualifying for the 125cc Grand Prix of Japan as he took his ninth pole position of the season, ahead of title rival Nico Terol. Pol Espargaró qualified in seventh after experiencing technical issues.

Marc Márquez once again set a blistering pace in qualifying to take his ninth pole position of the season, finishing 0.417s ahead of his rivals at Motegi in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Japan. The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider, who currently lies third in the Championship, set a hot lap of 1’58.030 to ensure he will go for what could be a seventh victory of 2010 from the top of the starting grid.

Championship leader Nico Terol followed his rival on the timesheet and was the only other rider to join Márquez under 1’59”, with his Bancaja Aspar team-mate Bradley Smith third at 0.996s off the pole pace. Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) will complete the front row after qualifying in fourth position.

Heading up the second row in his home GP after setting the fifth best time in qualifying will be Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany), with Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) sixth. Pol Espargaró’s weekend failed to get any easier when a technical problem ended the Tuenti Racing rider’s session early. His time of 1’59.873 left him seventh in the order and rounded off a tough series of sessions which saw him crash twice in the first practice on Friday. A career’s best qualification of eighth for Simone Grotzkyj (Fontana Racing) means the Italian will complete the second row, and he had a minor fall at the very end of the session.

Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Cajasol), Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing), Jonas Folger (Team Ongetta) and Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) all registered times that placed them on the third row.

Sunday’s 125cc race is scheduled to start at 12pm local time.

125cc, 2010, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, QP

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