125cc: Zanetti surprises with provisional pole

Lorenzo Zanetti came out top of a thrilling battle for provisional pole in Friday's first qualifying session for the 125cc grand prix at Indianapolis

125cc: Zanetti surprises with provisional pole

Zanetti, the surprise of the session whose best qualifying position so far this year was 19th at Assen, produced a 1:58.884 on his final flier in damp conditions to pip Donington-winner Scott Redding to the fastest time.

Andrea Iannone was another to feature in the battle for pole, but as a dry line began to emerge late in the session, so his challenge faded and he ended up third, ahead of championship leader Mike de Meglio and the tiny Marc Marquez.

Sandro Cortese was sixth quickest ahead of Stefan Bradl, who won at Assen and Britain's Bradley Smith, who is still searching for his first win.

Efren Vasquez and Nicolas Terol completed the top ten, while reigning world champion and man in-form Gabor Talmacsi ended the session 11th following an early fall in the rain.

The Hungarian was able to walk away unaided, but not without limping, raising some doubt about whether he will be able to repeat his Misano victory this weekend.

Pos Rider Make Time 1. Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 1:58.491 2. Scott Redding Aprilia 1:58.884 + 0.393 3. Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1:59.113 + 0.622 4. Mike Di Meglio Derbi 1:59.597 + 1.106 5. Marc Marquez KTM 1:59.615 + 1.124 6. Sandro Cortese Aprilia 1:59.989 + 1.498 7. Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2:00.546 + 2.055 8. Bradley Smith Aprilia 2:00.723 + 2.232 9. Efren Vazquez Aprilia 2:01.079 + 2.588 10. Nicolas Terol Aprilia 2:01.134 + 2.643 11. Gabor Talmacsi Aprilia 2:01.238 + 2.747 12. D.Agerter Derbi 2:01.241 + 2.750 13. Joan Olive Derbi 2:01.400 + 2.909 14. Michael Ranseder Aprilia 2:01.490 + 2.999 15. Alexis Masbou Loncin 2:01.560 + 3.069 16. Raffaele De Rosa KTM 2:02.173 + 3.682 17. Pol Espargaro Derbi 2:02.362 + 3.871 18. Simone Corsi Aprilia 2:02.505 + 4.014 19. Daniel Webb Aprilia 2:03.087 + 4.596 20. Sergio Gadea Aprilia 2:03.571 + 5.080 21. Esteve Rabat KTM 2:03.591 + 5.100 22. Steve Bonsey Aprilia 2:03.859 + 5.368 23. Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM 2:03.876 + 5.385 24. Robin Lasser Aprilia 2:03.903 + 5.412 25. Jules Cluzel Loncin 2:04.139 + 5.648 26. PJ Jacobsen Aprilia 2:04.545 + 6.054 27. Bastien Chesaux Aprilia 2:05.072 + 6.581 28. Marco Ravaioli Aprilia 2:05.643 + 7.152 29. H.van den Berg Aprilia 2:06.792 + 8.301 30. Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 2:07.040 + 8.549 31. Davide Stirpe KTM 2:07.881 + 9.390 32. Pablo Nieto KTM 2:08.038 + 9.547 33. Kris Turner Aprilia 2:08.273 + 9.782 34. Jonas Folger KTM 2:08.486 + 9.995 35. Cyril Carrillo Honda 2:10.427 + 11.936 36. Robert Muresan Aprilia 2:10.439 + 11.948 
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