125cc: Talmacsi takes provisional pole

The two riders who top the championship points standing topped the times in opening 125cc qualifying for the Australian round of the MotoGP world championship at Phillip Island

125cc: Talmacsi takes provisional pole

Championship leader Gabor Talmacsi topped the times early in the session, before his closest title rival Hector Faubel took over at the top with eight minutes remaining in the session.

With three minutes remaining Tomoyoshi Koyoma moved to the top, only to be immediately demoted by Talmacsi with a time of 1:39.134. Any chance of Talmacsi improving on that time ended when he fell in the final minute of the session.

However, Faubel was still on track and on the pace. His final lap, set after the chequered flag had fallen, was a 1:39.178, second fastest and just 0.034 of a second slower than Talmacsi.

Koyama ended the session third fastest, just hundredths of a second ahead of Mattia Pasini, Sergio Gadea and Lukas Pesek, with Raffaele de Rosa and Lorenzo Zanetti close behind. Michael Ranseder and Simone Corsi completed the top ten.

Pos Rider Make Time 1. Gabor Talmacsi Aprilia 1:39.134 2. Hector Faubel Aprilia 1:39.178 + 0.044 3. Tomoyoshi Koyama Ktm 1:39.449 + 0.315 4. Mattia Pasini Aprilia 1:39.564 + 0.430 5. Sergio Gadea Aprilia 1:39.587 + 0.453 6. Lukas Pesek Derbi 1:39.596 + 0.462 7. Raffaele de Rosa Aprilia 1:39.654 + 0.520 8. Lorenzo Zanetti Aprilia 1:39.708 + 0.574 9. Michael Ranseder Derbi 1:39.750 + 0.616 10. Simone Corsi Aprilia 1:39.802 + 0.668 11. Mike di Meglio Honda 1:39.897 + 0.763 12. Pablo Nieto Aprilia 1:40.236 + 1.102 13. Bradley Smith Honda 1:40.407 + 1.273 14. Nicolas Terol Derbi 1:40.454 + 1.320 15. Joan Olive Aprilia 1:40.471 + 1.337 16. Pol Espargaro Aprilia 1:40.495 + 1.361 17. R. Krummenacher Ktm 1:40.791 + 1.657 18. Esteve Rabat Honda 1:41.036 + 1.902 19. Alexis Masbou Honda 1:41.083 + 1.949 20. Sandro Cortese Aprilia 1:41.217 + 2.083 21. Stevie Bonsey Ktm 1:41.229 + 2.095 22. Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1:41.240 + 2.106 23. Joey Litjens Honda 1:41.350 + 2.216 24. Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1:41.370 + 2.236 25. Danny Webb Honda 1:42.267 + 3.133 26. Simone Grotzkyj Aprilia 1:42.534 + 3.400 27. Dino Lombardi Honda 1:42.740 + 3.606 28. D. Aegerter Aprilia 1:44.015 + 4.881 29. Glenn Scott Aprilia 1:44.898 + 5.764 Not qualified (Outside 107%): 1:46.073  Rider Make Time F. Lamborghini Aprilia 1:46.204 + 7.070 Rhys Moller Honda 1:46.709 + 7.575 R. Tamburini Aprilia 1:47.515 + 8.381 J. Leigh-Smith Honda 1:49.541 +10.407 B. Leigh-Smith Honda no time Robert Muresan Derbi no time 
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