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Viñales seizes first pole

Viñales seizes first pole

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) will head the front row for the first time when the AirAsia British Grand Prix 125cc race takes place on Sunday, ahead of Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) in second and Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) in third.

Spanish riders Terol and Viñales battled for pole position in a windy 125cc qualifying practice at the Silverstone circuit, with 16 year-old Viñales grabbing the top spot with three minutes to go, with a time of 2’14.684s. Terol, who finished fourth at Silverstone last year, was 0.036s behind the rookie Viñales and will start the race from second position.

Johann Zarco, Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) and Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) battled for the remaining front row spot the entire session, with Zarco landing it with a time of 2’15.266. The French rider finished eighth in the 125cc race at Silverstone last year, after starting from fifth place on the grid.

Efrén Vázquez, who has finished in the top nine at every race since the Malaysian GP last year, will head up the second row after posting a time 2’15.284. Cortese sits next to Vázquez on the second row in fifth place, followed by Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), who posted a fast lap of 2’15.713.

Third row starts with Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar), with Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) completing the top nine.

Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team), who finished 15th in the Moto2 race last year at Silverstone will lead the fourth row, with Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) next to Gadea and the first British rider on the grid, Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) following Martín in 12th spot.

Row five is lead by Simone Grotzkyj (Phonica Racing), followed by Zulfahmi Khairuddin (AirAsia-SIC-Ajo), then Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing), who set a time of 2’17.677, putting him 15th on the grid.

Alexis Masbou (Caretta Technology) crashed out of qualifying but set a time of 2’18.076, placing him 20th.

Brits Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) and Taylor Mackenzie (Phonica Racing) will start from 23rd and 26th respectively. John McPhee (Britsh Racing Steps Foundation KRP) who crashed out with 10 minutes left will start from 30th position.

Luigi Morciano (Team Italia FMI), who had a highside in FP3, was declared fit to participate in the qualifying practice and will start 28th on the grid.

Tags:
125cc, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, QP

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