Bradley Smith has taken his first pole position of the 2009 125cc season, and fourth of his career, with a record-breaking lap during Saturday's qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Aspar Aprilia rider, who will start round five 5.5 points behind team-mate Julian Simon, lapped 0.297sec ahead of fellow Briton Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia). Redding snatched second from Le Mans winner Simon on his very last lap.

The front row will be completed by third Aspar rider Sergio Gadea with KTM's Marc Marquez qualifying at the head of row two. The top home rider on the grid will be double 2009 race winner Andrea Iannone, in sixth for Ongetta Aprilia.

Qualifying - Mugello:

1. Smith (Aprilia) 1min 58.134sec
2. Redding (Aprilia) +0.297sec
3. Simon (Aprilia) +0.441sec
4. Gadea (Aprilia) +0.487sec
5. Marquez (KTM) +0.813sec
6. Iannone (Aprilia) +0.987sec
7. Zarco (Aprilia) +1.044sec
8. Espargaro (Derbi) +1.052sec
9. Cortese (Derbi) +1.224sec
10. Webb (Aprilia) +1.344sec