125cc: Simon beats Smith to Qatar pole

Julian Simon started his return to 125cc in style by taking pole position for the Grand Prix of Qatar

125cc: Simon beats Smith to Qatar pole

The Aspar Aprilia rider, who has gone back to the lower class after spending two seasons in 250cc, ended up with a time of 2m06.974s, beating team-mate Bradley Smith to top spot by 0.133 seconds.

The Spaniard and the Briton exchanged quickest times for the final 15 minutes of the 40-minute single qualifying session, after top spot had been held by Andrea Iannone's Ongetta Aprilia.

The Italian was thus forced to settle for third spot, over six tenths behind Simon, and two tenths ahead of Nicolas Terol's Jack & Jones Aprilia.

The second row of the grid will be headed by Ajo Derbi's Sandro Cortese, followed by Sergio Gadea's Aspar Aprilia, Stefan Bradl's Kiefer Aprilia and Pol Espargaro's Derbi.

Marc Marquez on Red Bull KTM and Jonas Folger on Ongetta Aprilia round up the top ten.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap 1. Julian Simon Aprilia 2m06.974s 2. Bradley Smith Aprilia 2m07.107s + 0.133s 3. Andrea Iannone Aprilia 2m07.588s + 0.614s 4. Nicolas Terol Aprilia 2m07.781s + 0.807s 5. Sandro Cortese Derbi 2m07.835s + 0.861s 6. Sergio Gadea Aprilia 2m08.147s + 1.173s 7. Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2m08.148s + 1.174s 8. Pol Espargaro Derbi 2m08.380s + 1.406s 9. Marc Marquez KTM 2m08.417s + 1.443s 10. Jonas Folger Aprilia 2m08.424s + 1.450s 11. Scott Redding Aprilia 2m08.681s + 1.707s 12. Joan Olive Derbi 2m08.904s + 1.930s 13. Danny Webb Aprilia 2m08.971s + 1.997s 14. Johann Zarco Aprilia 2m09.016s + 2.042s 15. Esteve Rabat Aprilia 2m09.076s + 2.102s 16. Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 2m09.264s + 2.290s 17. Randy Krummenacher Aprilia 2m09.276s + 2.302s 18. Dominique Aegerter Derbi 2m09.280s + 2.306s 19. Simone Corsi Aprilia 2m09.293s + 2.319s 20. Lorenzo Zanetti Aprilia 2m09.702s + 2.728s 21. Efren Vazquez Derbi 2m09.987s + 3.013s 22. Cameron Beaubier KTM 2m10.248s + 3.274s 23. Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 2m10.590s + 3.616s 24. Luca Marconi Aprilia 2m11.573s + 4.599s 25. Jasper Iwema Honda 2m11.864s + 4.890s 26. Lukas Sembera Aprilia 2m11.938s + 4.964s 27. Tomoyoshi Koyama Loncin 2m12.557s + 5.583s 28. Alexis Masbou Loncin 2m12.610s + 5.636s 29. Michael Ranseder Haojue 2m12.676s + 5.702s 30. Luca Vitali Aprilia 2m15.014s + 8.040s 31. Matthew Hoyle Haojue 2m15.586s + 8.612s 
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