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Zarco on pole as rain halts 125cc improvements

Zarco on pole as rain halts 125cc improvements

Johann Zarco will start from pole position for the first time in his career on Sunday, after a rain-hit qualifying session prevented most of the riders from improving on their provisional times. Salom and Gadea will join the French rider on the front row.

Avant-AirAsia-Ajo rider Zarco set his best time of the weekend in the few early dry laps of the qualifying session for 125cc field ahead of the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM race at the Mugello circuit. His time of 1’58.988 was over a second and a half faster than second place starter Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), who will start for the second time this season from the front row, and nearly two seconds ahead of third position starter Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team).

Light and intermittent showers left the circuit in varying degrees of dampness during the early part of the 40 minute single cylinder class qualifying session, later turning heavier just before the end, allowing the field only the first minutes laps to set their fastest times.

Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) posted a time of 2'01.026 to put him in fourth position and at the head of the second row, he will be accompanied by the Championship leader Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar) who was quickest in the dry morning session but was taken by surprise with the arrival of rain, which had been forecasted for later in the afternoon. Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) posted a top six time of 2'01.093 and completes row two.

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) and Bankia Aspar duo Héctor Faubel and Adrián Martín make up an all Spanish row three, with Italian Louis Rossi (Matteoni Racing) leading row four joined by Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) and Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing).


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