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Terol continues his dominance to secure pole in France

Terol continues his dominance to secure pole in France

Bankia Aspar riders Nicolas Terol and Héctor Faubel will head a Spanish one-two-three on the front row for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, with Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) in third.

Terol’s fastest lap of 1’43.578 was nearly fourth-tenths faster than that of his team-mate and close to breaking the pole record of Sergio Gadea. The Spaniard is set to start his 100th GP on Sunday, his third pole start of the 2011 campaign after a perfect beginning to the year with three victories from three rounds.

As the wind got up for the qualifying session, temperatures were not as warm as Friday afternoon. Faubel, whose last pole position came in Malaysia 2007, had to be content with second behind Terol. Sixteen year-old Viñales had an impressive qualifying session to join the Bankia Aspar duo on the front row for the Le Mans race, with his best ever qualifying result in his rookie year. His previous best qualifying position had been ninth in Qatar and he was 0.737s off Terol’s quickest time.

Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) has qualified either first or second in each of the first three GP races of the year but could not match that in qualifying in France. The German rider had two moments in the session, the latter cost him his chance of taking a front row start when he ended up in the gravel in the final three minutes. Cortese will start fourth and head the second row ahead of his compatriot Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) in fifth. Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) took the final spot on the second row in sixth place, for his home race.

The third row was an all Spanish affair with 18 year-old Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) recording his best every qualifying position in the 125cc class. Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) was eighth, 1.177s off Terol’s pole position and ahead of Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) in ninth. Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) took the final spot in the top ten.

The highest placed British rider was Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) who came 18th. Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) had a difficult session being hampered by bike problems which limited his running time and he ended up 20th. Taylor Mackenzie (Phonica Racing), who sat out the last race in Estoril through injury, was 26th with Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) a few places in front in 22nd.

Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) had an abrupt end to his qualifying practice after mechanical issues saw smoke pouring from the back of his Aprilia, and was unable to improve on 15th position.


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