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125: Simon claims Catalunya pole.

Julian Simon kept the pressure on team-mate and title leader Bradley Smith by taking has third pole position of the 2009 season during 125cc qualifying in Catalunya.

The Aspar Aprilia rider, looking to overturn Smith's 3.5 point lead on Sunday, took exceptional measures to avoid towing his rivals around in the closing minutes - then failed to improve on his previous 1min 51.448sec best - but that proved good enough to keep nearest rival Pol Espargaro at bay by just 0.020sec.

Young German star Jonas Folger snatched third position for Ongetta Aprilia with Swiss Randy Krummenacher completing the front row for the Degraaf Aprilia squad.

Sergio Gadea was the second best Aspar rider in fifth, with Nicolas Terol nudging Smith down to seventh. Fellow double 2009 race winner Andrea Iannone rounds out row two.

Qualifying - Catalunya:

1. Simon (Aprilia) 1min 51.448
2. Espargaro (Derbi) +0.020sec
3. Folger (Aprilia) +0.339sec
4. Krummenacher (Aprilia) +0.356sec
5. Gadea (Aprilia) +0.376sec
6. Terol (Aprilia) +0.510sec
7. Smith (Aprilia) +0.761sec
8. Iannone (Aprilia) +0.936sec
9. Bradl (Aprilia) +0.984sec
10. Redding (Aprilia) +1.088sec

11. Webb (Aprilia) +1.100sec


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hbinza - Unregistered

June 13, 2009 3:41 PM

I think Bradley will have to try & get as many points as poss this weekend & ride with his head. Simon will walk it unfortunately unless he makes a mistake.

Richard Mushet

June 13, 2009 10:16 PM

Interesting to see Simon, Smith and Redding not improving their times from the morning practice. I'm sure there's quite a few others folowing the same trend, but I only had a glance at those three's times. Cracking qualifying by Folger - he's been nowhere near the top ten all weekend so far. Be very interesting to see how he does not having to overtake half the field in the first half of the race... If the race is anything like the last race, then the front three rows will be up there fighting hammer and tong. Hopefully it will be, we can always depend on the smallest class for the best racing.



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