Simon secures Valencia pole
|By Michele Lostia||Saturday, November 7th 2009, 13:01 GMT|
Newly-crowned 125cc world champion Julian Simon will start tomorrow's final race of the season in Valencia from pole position, his seventh of the year.
The Aspar Aprilia rider from Spain set his pole lap with a quarter of an hour to go in the 40-minute session with a 1m41.472s effort.
That lap time was almost matched by Italian Simone Corsi, who with a handful of minutes to go managed to get within a mere 0.004s. The Fontana Aprilia rider will start the race from second, ahead of Simon's team-mate, Briton Bradley Smith. The front row will be completed by KTM's Marc Marquez.
Joan Olive (Derbi) will head the second row, followed by Spanish compatriot Nicolas Terol (Jack&Jones Aprilia), Marcel Schrotter (Mang Honda) and Pol Espargaro (Derbi).
Scott Redding set the ninth quickest time before crashing with one minute remaining. While the Blusens Aprilia rider was getting back on his feet in the gravel trap, he was almost hit by Sturla Fagerhaug's KTM, who had dropped his bike at the same spot.
Pos Rider Bike Time Laps 1. Julian Simon Aprilia 1m41.472s 18 2. Simone Corsi Aprilia 1m41.476s + 0.004s 20 3. Bradley Smith Aprilia 1m41.830s + 0.358s 21 4. Marc Marquez KTM 1m41.991s + 0.519s 19 5. Joan Olive Derbi 1m42.033s + 0.561s 21 6. Nicolas Terol Aprilia 1m42.092s + 0.620s 18 7. Marcel Schrotter Honda 1m42.111s + 0.639s 21 8. Pol Espargaro Derbi 1m42.162s + 0.690s 19 9. Scott Redding Aprilia 1m42.233s + 0.761s 17 10. Sandro Cortese Derbi 1m42.246s + 0.774s 19 11. Esteve Rabat Aprilia 1m42.307s + 0.835s 19 12. Efren Vazquez Derbi 1m42.495s + 1.023s 17 13. Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1m42.556s + 1.084s 17 14. Sergio Gadea Aprilia 1m42.648s + 1.176s 13 15. R.Krummenacher Aprilia 1m42.767s + 1.295s 18 16. Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m42.769s + 1.297s 18 17. Cameron Beaubier KTM 1m42.823s + 1.351s 20 18. Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 1m42.874s + 1.402s 16 19. D.Agerter Derbi 1m42.913s + 1.441s 19 20. Jonas Folger Aprilia 1m42.948s + 1.476s 18 21. Johann Zarco Aprilia 1m43.176s + 1.704s 20 22. Lorenzo Zanetti Aprilia 1m43.441s + 1.969s 19 23. Michael Ranseder Aprilia 1m43.691s + 2.219s 19 24. Luis Salom Aprilia 1m44.081s + 2.609s 15 25. Jasper Iwema Honda 1m44.247s + 2.775s 19 26. Joan Perello Honda 1m44.264s + 2.792s 19 27. Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1m44.267s + 2.795s 18 28. Daniel Webb Aprilia 1m44.284s + 2.812s 3 29. Tomoyoshi Koyama Loncin 1m44.326s + 2.854s 18 30. Sturla Fagerhaug KTM 1m44.634s + 3.162s 18 31. Jakub Kornfeil Loncin 1m44.979s + 3.507s 21 32. Ivan Maestro Aprilia 1m45.136s + 3.664s 19 33. Luca Marconi Aprilia 1m45.530s + 4.058s 18 34. Alberto Moncayo Aprilia 1m45.575s + 4.103s 19 35. Luca Vitali Aprilia 1m47.151s + 5.679s 19