MotoGP: Marquez on 125 GP Front Row

125cc Qualifying Results

Marc Márquez ended just 158 milliseconds away from a new pole position -he has taken 7 out of a possible 11 this season – in a thrilling last ten minutes of the qualifying for the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini.

After registering the best time in this morning’s free practice and second yesterday afternoon, today Márquez has again secured a place on the front row of the grid, the main objective on this track where the first turn is very close to the start, from which he will start second.

In Misano, it is especially important to start from the front row if you want to be a contender in the battle for victory or at the least, a podium finish.

The first turn, as well as being narrow, is very close to the start, so in order to avoid the usual and dangerous mass of riders at the start of the race, it is best to start from the front row.

Therefore, it is mission accomplished for Marc Márquez, who will be accompanied by Smith, with the best time, and his two rivals in the fight for the title – fellow Spaniards Terol and Espargaró -.

The young Repsol rider was the fastest in this morning’s practice, smashing the circuit record, which he left at 1 minute, 43 seconds and 77 milliseconds. In the qualifying, Márquez again started off setting the pace and topped the timesheets in the first few laps, although still a long way off the times set in the practice session.

In the second half of the session, the young Spanish rider was the first to ride at under one minute and 44 seconds, demonstrating a good race pace for tomorrow. He did a series of fast laps, which Terol and Smith responded to by lowering their times, but without managing to beat his.

Finally, in the last minute, Bradley Smith did a fast lap, beating Márquez by 158 milliseconds, who ran out of time to respond to the British rider.

Despite not taking a new pole, Emilio Alzamora’s protégé showed that he was satisfied with the result of the qualifying and although he will finish defining the set-up in tomorrow’s warm-up after analysing the data collected today, he trusts that he will be able to have a good race tomorrow.

Marc Marquez says:"I think that starting from the front row, in the 125cc category, is good. At the end, we didn’t want to risk it too much so as not to fall. We have a good set-up, although perhaps I felt a bit more comfortable in this morning’s free practice. It was obvious that Nico [Terol] was also struggling a bit, so perhaps the track conditions were not the same."

"Anyway, we have our ideas quite clear for the race and I think that if we continue along the same line in the warm-up tomorrow, we’ll be able to resolve these details. You never know if it will be a group race or if some riders will break away because if you get caught up with a rival at the start, others can break away, but it seems clear that here we are all on a similar level."

125cc Qualifying Results:

1. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 198.4 1’43.329  
2. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 201.2 1’43.487 0.158 / 0.158
3. 40 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 198.6 1’43.644 0.315 / 0.157
4. 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 196.6 1’43.809 0.480 / 0.165
5. 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 197.4 1’44.272 0.943 / 0.463
6. 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 196.8 1’44.341 1.012 / 0.069
7. 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 200.7 1’44.479 1.150 / 0.138
8. 12 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 199.1 1’44.561 1.232 / 0.082
9. 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 194.7 1’44.816 1.487 / 0.255
10. 14 Johann ZARCO FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 193.5 1’44.929 1.600 / 0.113
11. 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 196.0 1’44.975 1.646 / 0.046
12. 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 197.9 1’45.020 1.691 / 0.045
13. 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 197.6 1’45.103 1.774 / 0.083
14. 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 197.4 1’45.166 1.837 / 0.063
15. 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 195.3 1’45.217 1.888 / 0.051
16. 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 198.9 1’45.661 2.332 / 0.444
17. 53 Jasper IWEMA NED CBC Corse Aprilia 197.5 1’46.048 2.719 / 0.387
18. 78 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 195.1 1’46.309 2.980 / 0.261
19. 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 191.3 1’46.366 3.037 / 0.057
20. 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 194.1 1’46.368 3.039 / 0.002
21. 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC Corse Aprilia 192.1 1’46.557 3.228 / 0.189
22. 97 Armando PONTONE ITA Junior GP FMI Aprilia 190.9 1’46.916 3.587 / 0.359
23. 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 187.3 1’46.932 3.603 / 0.016
24. 87 Luca MARCONI ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 192.3 1’46.940 3.611 / 0.008
25. 95 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 191.2 1’47.235 3.906 / 0.295
26. 76 Francesco MAURIELLO ITA Team Semprucci Aprilia 194.3 1’47.455 4.126 / 0.220
27. 96 Tommaso GABRIELLI ITA Racing Team Gabrielli Aprilia 193.0 1’47.732 4.403 / 0.277
28. 36 Joan PERELLO SPA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 192.4 1’47.809 4.480 / 0.077
29. 72 Marco RAVAIOLI ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 193.3 1’47.973 4.644 / 0.164
30. 5 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 192.1 1’48.111 4.782 / 0.138
31. 50 Sturla FAGERHAUG NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 190.6 1’48.324 4.995 / 0.213
32. 79 Giovanni BONATI ITA Junior GP FMI Aprilia 190.0 1’48.346 5.017 / 0.022….