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125: Simon on pole at Valencia

2009 125cc world champion Julian Simon took his seventh pole position of the season during qualifying for the Valencia season finale on Saturday.

The home-grown Aspar Aprilia star was a regular feature on pole throughout the session, but also a target for slower riders seeking a tow. Simone Corsi tucked in behind Simon at just the right time and was towed up to second position, just 0.004sec from pole, for Fontana Aprilia.

Simon's team-mate and former title rival Bradley Smith, who has already secured second in the standings, was also a consistent frontrunner on his way to third place, 0.358sec from pole.

Marc Marquez will start KTM's final race as a factory team in the 125cc class from the outside of the front row in fourth.

Jack & Jones Aprilia rider Nicolas Terol, who will start the final round with a 15 point lead over Pol Espargaro for third in the championship, qualified in sixth.

Young German wild-card Marcel Schrotter, who caused a stir with third on Friday, qualified his Toni-Mang Honda in seventh, just ahead of Espargaro.

The session was briefly delayed due to an apparent problem with a TV camera.


Qualifying - Valencia:

1. Simon (Aprilia) 1min 41.472sec
2. Corsi (Aprilia) +0.004sec
3. Smith (Aprilia) +0.358sec
4. Marquez (KTM) +0.519sec
5. Olive (Derbi) +0.561sec
6. Terol (Aprilia) +0.620sec
7. Schrotter (Honda) +0.639sec
8. Espargaro (Derbi) +0.690sec
9. Redding (Aprilia) +0.761sec
10. Cortese (Derbi) +0.774sec

28. Webb (Aprilia) +2.812sec


Tagged as: Julian Simon , Valencia , 125

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alex - Unregistered

November 07, 2009 3:32 PM

Good front running consistency from Bradley yet again, he shows real promise. Good to see Scott Redding back in the top 10, another talent for the future who could do well in Moto2, at least he will not be suffering such a disadvantage like now to the other generally tiny 125cc Jockeys.

JohnKibb

November 07, 2009 7:31 PM

Agree Alex, Bradley seems to be the complete package and Scot is getting there... I look forward to the day we (British) have front running MotoGP rider. What is happening in Germany, they seem to be producing some good young riders, will be interesting to see if they can attract the sponsorship and get a decent ride?



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