125cc: Marquez closes on title with pole

Marc Marquez tightened his grip on the 125cc title even further by taking his 12th pole position of the season at the Valencia finale

125cc: Marquez closes on title with pole

With a 17-point lead over rival Nico Terol, Marquez just needs a top-eight finish tomorrow to become champion.

The Ajo Derbi rider always looked the most likely polesitter this afternoon, as even when briefly deposed by Terol and erstwhile title threat Pol Espargaro, Marquez was always able to get back on top.

His eventual pole time was a 1m39.564s, a tenth ahead of Terol, who pushed his Aspar team-mate Bradley Smith back to third late on.

Marquez gave his team-mate Sandro Cortese a few handy tows to ensure the German completed the front row, leaving Espargaro (Tuenti) in fifth alongside Esteve Rabat, Efren Vazquez and Luis Salom.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap 1. Marc Marquez Derbi 1m39.564s 2. Nicolas Terol Aprilia 1m39.672s + 0.108s 3. Bradley Smith Aprilia 1m39.712s + 0.148s 4. Sandro Cortese Derbi 1m39.878s + 0.314s 5. Pol Espargaro Derbi 1m39.919s + 0.355s 6. Esteve Rabat Aprilia 1m40.459s + 0.895s 7. Efren Vazquez Derbi 1m40.615s + 1.051s 8. Luis Salom Aprilia 1m41.371s + 1.807s 9. Adrian Martin Aprilia 1m41.378s + 1.814s 10. Randy Krummenacher Aprilia 1m41.451s + 1.887s 11. Tomoyoshi Koyama Aprilia 1m41.461s + 1.897s 12. Jonas Folger Aprilia 1m41.805s + 2.241s 13. Johann Zarco Aprilia 1m41.855s + 2.291s 14. Danny Webb Aprilia 1m41.910s + 2.346s 15. Alberto Moncayo Aprilia 1m41.950s + 2.386s 16. Isaac Vinales Aprilia 1m42.379s + 2.815s 17. Marcel Schrotter Honda 1m42.383s + 2.819s 18. Simone Grotzkyj Aprilia 1m42.687s + 3.123s 19. Peter Sebestyen Aprilia 1m42.715s + 3.151s 20. Jakub Kornfeil Aprilia 1m42.733s + 3.169s 21. Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1m42.941s + 3.377s 22. Danny Kent Lambretta 1m43.083s + 3.519s 23. Niklas Ajo Derbi 1m43.115s + 3.551s 24. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Aprilia 1m43.247s + 3.683s 25. Joan Perello Honda 1m43.456s + 3.892s 26. Johnny Rosell Honda 1m43.657s + 4.093s 27. Sturla Fagerhaug Aprilia 1m44.195s + 4.631s 28. Louis Rossi Aprilia 1m44.540s + 4.976s 29. Taylor Mackenzie Honda 1m44.548s + 4.984s 30. Marco Ravaioli Lambretta 1m44.681s + 5.117s 31. John McPhee Honda 1m45.214s + 5.650s 32. Tommaso Gabrielli Aprilia 1m45.593s + 6.029s 
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