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Zarco grabs pole at Motegi

 Zarco grabs pole at Motegi

Johann Zarco clinched a closely contested pole position in the 125cc class at Motegi, ahead of Héctor Faubel and Nicolas Terol.

Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) will start from pole position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Japan, the Frenchman’s third pole of the season thanks to a best lap of 1’57.888. The 21 year old held off Bankia Aspar riders Faubel and Terol, both of whom had seen the top spot in the qualifying session, by a margin of three and four tenths, respectively.

Following the front row qualifiers was a string of three more Spaniards, with Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) whose time of 1'58.458 placed him at the head of row two by a margin of half a second over Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica), who lines up next to the 16 year old rookie. Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) will complete the second row after running his best lap of the weekend, a 1'59.002.

German riders Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) and Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) qualified side by side on row three, ahead of Bankia Aspar’s Adrián Martín.

Italian team mates Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI) and Luigi Morciano will start on row four, ahead of Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), who crashed out of the qualifying on his seventh lap after nearly colliding with Josep Rodriguez (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing).

125cc, 2011, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, QP

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