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Terol takes first 125cc pole

Nico Terol, Aspar Aprilia, Le Mans 2010125cc championship leader Nicolas Terol took his first pole position in the category in qualifying at Le Mans.

The Aspar Aprilia rider overcame title rival Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Derbi) by 0.145 seconds in the middle of the session and remained unbeaten thereafter.

Sandro Cortese's last lap lifted the German rider up to third, ahead of Marc Marquez. Having taken pole for every race so far this year, Marquez was put off his stride by a practice crash this morning, but still stayed on the front row for Red Bull Ajo Derbi.

Terol's team-mate Bradley Smith took fifth, his best starting position of 2010 so far, despite crashing at the Museum corner on his final run - which meant he dropped off the front row when Cortese vaulted up to third.

Tomoyoshi Koyama, Randy Krummenacher and Danny Webb share row two with Smith.

Esteve Rabat, third in the championship going into this weekend, crashed in the opening stages and will start back in 10th.

Pos  Rider                 Bike       Time       Gap
 1.  Nicolas Terol         Aprilia    1m43.719s
 2.  Pol Espargaro         Derbi      1m43.864s  + 0.145s
 3.  Sandro Cortese        Derbi      1m44.118s  + 0.399s
 4.  Marc Marquez          Derbi      1m44.141s  + 0.422s
 5.  Bradley Smith         Aprilia    1m44.172s  + 0.453s
 6.  Tomoyoshi Koyama      Aprilia    1m44.358s  + 0.639s
 7.  Randy Krummenacher    Aprilia    1m44.580s  + 0.861s
 8.  Danny Webb            Aprilia    1m44.807s  + 1.088s
 9.  Johann Zarco          Aprilia    1m44.909s  + 1.190s
10.  Esteve Rabat          Aprilia    1m44.920s  + 1.201s
11.  Luis Salom            Lambretta  1m45.021s  + 1.302s
12.  Efren Vazquez         Derbi      1m45.306s  + 1.587s
13.  Jonas Folger          Aprilia    1m45.618s  + 1.899s
14.  Riccardo Moretti      Aprilia    1m45.657s  + 1.938s
15.  Jasper Iwema          Aprilia    1m45.754s  + 2.035s
16.  Adrian Martin         Aprilia    1m45.851s  + 2.132s
17.  Alberto Moncayo       Aprilia    1m45.955s  + 2.236s
18.  Alexis Masbou         Aprilia    1m46.035s  + 2.316s
19.  Lorenzo Savadori      Aprilia    1m46.372s  + 2.653s
20.  Marcel Schrotter      Honda      1m46.772s  + 3.053s
21.  Sturla Fagerhaug      Aprilia    1m46.777s  + 3.058s
22.  Louis Rossi           Aprilia    1m46.782s  + 3.063s
23.  Jakub Kornfeil        Aprilia    1m46.867s  + 3.148s
24.  Muhammad Zulfahmi     Aprilia    1m47.643s  + 3.924s
25.  Michael van der Mark  Lambretta  1m48.271s  + 4.552s
26.  Morgan Berchet        Honda      1m48.812s  + 5.093s
27.  Gregory di Carlo      Honda      1m48.868s  + 5.149s
28.  Kevin Szalai          Honda      1m48.924s  + 5.205s
29.  Marco Ravaioli        Lambretta  1m49.023s  + 5.304s
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