Shanghai : 125cc – Day Two
Mattia Pasini has been confirmed in pole position for tomorrow's 125cc race in Shanghai during a dramatic second qualifying session which saw Valsir Seedorf Derbi's Lukas Pesek crash on a flying lap when he looked like he might be about to snatch
Despite not improving on the time which saw him take provisional pole in Friday's qualifying session for the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China, Pasini will be at the front of the starting grid for the third time this season tomorrow.
The 21 year-old Italian Polaris World rider, has qualified on the front row for each race this year and in pole position in the last two, but does not yet have a single championship point to his name - having been the victim of a cruel series of technical faults which have prevented him from finishing all three Grands Prix so far.
Pasini first tasted Grand Prix victory in Shanghai in 2005 and many neutrals will be hoping that he can overcome his current bad luck to repeat that success tomorrow and finally get his 2007 campaign underway.
The Polaris World rider's Friday time of 2'11.946 was not bettered in the Saturday afternoon run, leaving him safe at the top of the timesheets, but Hector Faubel improved his best lap from yesterday by 0.873s to leap forward from fifth provisionally to second on the grid.
Meanwhile, Pesek's flying lap accident - which saw him clip Red Bull KTM's Tomoyoshi Koyama and then take out Team Sicilia's Lorenzo Zanetti - prevented him from improving on his Friday best.
The crash but did not result in any serious injuries and the Czech rider is expected to start tomorrow's fourth race of the season from the third place on the grid he earned with his performance yesterday.
Faubel's improvement means Bancaja Aspar's Gabor Talmacsi will start from fourth, the current World Championship leader's 2'12.433 time cutting 0.394s from his Friday best time which saw him third provisionally but still only good enough to get him the final slot on the front row.
The second row of the grid will comprise the rapidly improving Englishman Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda 125cc), Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar), Simone Corsi (Skilled Racing Team) and KTM's Koyama who managed to avoid crashing when touched by Pesek in the aforementioned incident.
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