Pol Espargaro has taken his first ever grand prix pole position, in front of his home fans, after successfully defending his 125cc provisional pole at Catalunya - whilst Bradley Smith became the latest casualty of the slippery asphalt.

With four minutes to go, sixth fastest Smith suffered a near highside on the exit of turn one. The young Briton managed to hang on, but speared off track - with his feet dragging along the floor - and was forced to let go of his Polaris World Aprilia with the tyre fall fast approaching.

Unfortunately, after a rough tumble, the bike bounced back off the tyre wall and into Bradley, who was taken away on a stretcher.

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Meanwhile, Espargaro took pole by 0.139secs, with world championship leader Mike di Meglio completed a Derbi one-two ahead of Aprilia's Nicolas Terol.

Rookie Scott Redding secured a superb front row start for Blusens Aprilia, while Simone Corsi - tied with di Meglio on points - heads row two. Reigning world champion Gabor Talmacsi was the only rider in the top ten not to improve on his Friday time and slipped to seventh.

Final qualifying - Catalunya:

1. Espargaro (Derbi)
2. di Meglio (Derbi) ) +0.139secs
3. Terol (Aprilia) +0.183secs
4. Redding (Aprilia) +0.544secs
5. Corsi (Aprilia) +0.808secs
6. Gadea (Aprilia) +0.842secs
7. Talmacsi (Aprilia) +0.879secs
8. Smith (Aprilia) +0.882secs
9. Iannone (Aprilia) +0.943secs
10. Olive (Derbi) +0.961secs

21. Webb (Aprilia) +1.604secs