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Wet qualifying session confirms maiden 125cc pole for Iannone

Wet qualifying session confirms maiden 125cc pole for Iannone

Andrea Iannone will start from pole for the first time in his career on Sunday in Sepang, courtesy of his Friday lap time.

Andrea Iannone was the principal beneficiary of the Saturday rainfall in Sepang, with no rider able to get near to his provisional pole time set in the dry opening 125cc qualifying session. The I.C. Team rider´s 2´14.676 time went unchallenged in the wet, giving him a first Grand Prix top spot.

It wasn´t all good news for the Italian, however, as he suffered a crash in the early laps of the Saturday session. Iannone escaped unscathed, but will be wary of the wet as he takes off from pole position for the 125cc Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. He won a soaking race in China earlier in the year.

2007 racewinner Gabor Talmacsi and Briton Danny Webb both held onto their own front row spots, Webb starting from the first line for the first time since Portugal –where incidentally he also took his best Grand Prix result to date. Second fastest in the wet run, Pol Espargaro completes the front four.

Out to impress potential suitors in the final races of 2008, Sergio Gadea heads the second row for the third time this season. He is accompanied by Joan Olive, Saturday crasher Tomoyoshi Koyama and Simone Corsi, whilst newly-crowned World Champion Mike di Meglio and Corsi´s rival for the runner-up spot Stefan Bradl will make their assault on the top step of the podium from the third row.

Twentieth on the grid, Lorenzo Zanetti was the fastest rider in the second qualifying session, his time some fourteen seconds down on Iannone´s dry time.


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