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Talmacsi claims 125 pole, Kallio crashes.

Gabor Talmacsi claimed his first pole position for the Red Bull KTM team with the fastest time in final qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

After finding a more comfortable set-up balance with his KTM for final qualifying, Talmacsi was in brilliant form, cutting 1.2secs from his previous best time to claim the top spot.

"My first pole, this is a great feeling at track where I have always been fast," beamed the Hungarian. "Today the bike was perfect, we made some changes from yesterday and I had a very good feeling today. I have a very good rhythm for the race, I can go alone at the front without following anyone."

Talmacsi claimed pole after lapping 0.267secs clear of Honda's Tomoyoshi Koyama, with Mattia Pasini and Marco Simoncelli completing the front row.

But while Talmacsi celebrated, there was disappointment for team-mate Mika Kallio who crashed on his final lap. Kallio had set the provisional pole time yesterday but dropped to fifth on the grid, unable to improve his Friday time.

"I tried many tyres, both front and rear today, and perhaps we made slightly the wrong choice at the end of qualifying," admitted the Finn. "I switched to a harder front tyre and had some big slides and then crashed at turn two. At least I know what tyres to use for the race now! Everything is OK, we have a fast bike here so I'm confident for the race."

Even though he will start from the second row of the grid, Kallio is just 0.4secs off pole as he bids to close the 8-point gap on championship points leader Thomas Luthi, who qualified his Honda in seventh today.


125cc top ten – final qualifying:

1. Talmacsi (KTM)
2. Koyama (Honda) +0.267secs
3. Pasini (Aprilia) +0.317secs
4. Simoncelli (Aprilia) +0.385secs
5. Kallio (KTM) +0.484secs
6. Faubel (Aprilia) +0.49secs
7. Luthi (Honda) +0.71secs
8. Poggiali (Gilera) +0.807secs
9. Bautista (Honda) +0.886secs
10. Gadea (Aprilia) +0.943secs


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