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125: Zarco on pole at Motegi

1 October 2011

Johann Zarco put some pressure back on 125cc title leader Nico Terol by claiming his third pole of the season at Motegi in Japan.

The Frenchman - still seeking his first grand prix win after six second-places this season - moved ahead of Terol with four minutes remaining, then improved further to finish 0.242sec ahead of Hector Faubel.

Faubel, Terol's Aspar Aprilia team-mate, took second place on his final lap, leaving Terol on the outside of the front row, 0.360sec from Zarco's Ajo Derbi.

Race winning rookie Maverick Vinales, quickest on Friday afternoon, will head row two fro Paris Hilton Aprilia.

Terol will start Sunday's 14th round with a 36 point lead over Zarco.

Qualifying:

1. Zarco (Derbi) 1m 57.888s
2. Faubel (Aprilia) +0.242s
3. Terol (Aprilia) +0.360s
4. Vinales (Aprilia) +0.570s
5. Moncayo (Aprilia) +1.049s
6. Vazquez (Derbi) +1.114s
7. Cortese (Aprilia) +1.290s
8. Folger (Aprilia) +1.322s
9. Martin (Aprilia) +1.530s
10. Tonucci (Aprilia) +2.029s

18. Kent (Aprilia) +2.626s
19. Webb (Mahindra) +2.893s
24. Stafford (Aprilia) +3.398s
28. Mackenzie (Aprilia) +4.026s


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