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Nico Terol storms to pole position for 125cc Czech Grand Prix

Nco Terol Aspar Aprilia Czech Grand Prix 2011

Nico Terol took his fifth pole position of the year with a commanding performance in qualifying for the 125cc Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

The world championship leader had been embroiled in a mid-session battle with his nearest title rival Johann Zarco, but grabbed pole for good on what was his first clear lap with 12 minutes of the session remaining.

The Aspar Aprilia rider then improved his mark three more times to secure the top spot - and his sixth career pole - in 2m08.118s, a sizeable 0.385s clear of Zarco's Ajo Derbi.

Category veteran Sandro Cortese continued his good recent qualifying form with the third fastest time on his Racing Team Germany Aprilia, while the second row was completed by Hector Faubel's Aspar Aprilia, Luis Salom's RW Aprilia and Zarco's team-mate Efren Vazquez.

Britain's Danny Kent, riding an Aprilia for the Ajo squad, claimed a career-best seventh spot as he squeezed ahead of Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia Banca Civica Aprilia) right at the end of the session.

Maverick Vinales (Busens Aprilia), who has been on the podium for five of the last six races, was a disappointing ninth, but denied himself a chance of qualifying higher by crashing with a few minutes left.

Simone Grotzki (Phonica Aprilia) completed the top 10 and equaled his season's best grid spot in the process.

Pos  Rider                  Team/Bike           Time       Gap
 1.  Nicolas Terol          Aspar Aprilia       2m08.118s  
 2.  Johann Zarco           Ajo Derbi           2m08.503s   + 0.385s
 3.  Sandro Cortese         Germany Aprilia     2m08.638s   + 0.520s
 4.  Hector Faubel          Aspar Aprilia       2m08.689s   + 0.571s
 5.  Luis Salom             RW Aprilia          2m09.125s   + 1.007s
 6.  Efren Vazquez          Ajo Derbi           2m09.189s   + 1.071s
 7.  Danny Kent             Ajo Aprilia         2m09.211s   + 1.093s
 8.  Alberto Moncayo        Andalucia Aprilia   2m09.421s   + 1.303s
 9.  Maverick Vinales       Blusens Aprilia     2m09.458s   + 1.340s
10.  Simone Giorgi          Phonica Aprilia     2m09.590s   + 1.472s
11.  Sergio Gadea           Blusens Aprilia     2m09.865s   + 1.747s
12.  Alexis Masbou          Caretta KTM         2m10.197s   + 2.079s
13.  Adrian Martin          Aspar Aprilia       2m10.200s   + 2.082s
14.  Niklas Ajo             TT Motion Aprilia   2m10.270s   + 2.152s
15.  Zulfahmi Khairuddin    Ajo Derbi           2m10.372s   + 2.254s
16.  Jasper Iwema           Ongetta Aprilia     2m10.450s   + 2.332s
17.  Miguel Oliveira        Andalucia Aprilia   2m10.483s   + 2.365s
18.  Luigi Morciano         Italia FMI Aprilia  2m10.771s   + 2.653s
19.  Louis Rossi            Matteoni Aprilia    2m10.828s   + 2.710s
20.  Jakub Kornfeil         Ongetta Aprilia     2m10.985s   + 2.867s
21.  Sturla Fagerhaug       WTR-Ten10 Aprilia   2m11.189s   + 3.071s
22.  Danny Webb             Mahindra            2m11.253s   + 3.135s
23.  Marcel Schrotter       Mahindra            2m11.255s   + 3.137s
24.  Francesco Mauriello    WTR-Ten10 Aprilia   2m11.628s   + 3.510s
25.  Alessandro Tonucci     Italia FMI Aprilia  2m11.740s   + 3.622s
26.  Luca Gruenwald         Freudenberg KTM     2m11.890s   + 3.772s
27.  Mirolsav Popov         Ellegi Aprilia      2m12.084s   + 3.966s
28.  Joan Perello           Matteoni Aprilia    2m12.419s   + 4.301s
29.  Giulian Pedone         Phonica Aprilia     2m12.602s   + 4.484s
30.  Taylor Mackenzie       Phonica Aprilia     2m12.621s   + 4.503s
31.  Harry Stafford         Ongetta Aprilia     2m12.637s   + 4.519s
32.  Manuel Tatasciore      Phonica Aprilia     2m13.226s   + 5.108s
33.  Ladislav Chmelik       RJR Aprilia         2m13.387s   + 5.269s
34.  Peter Sebestyen        Caretta KTM         2m16.447s   + 8.329s
35.  Jakub Jantulik         AMK Brno Honda      2m18.622s  + 10.504s

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