Jerez : 125cc grid
Three weeks on from his first 125cc pole position in Qatar, Polaris World Apriliaīs Bradley Smith will once again head the lower cylinder category grid at the Gran Premio bwin.com de Espaņa.
The Briton put in a stinging one-two combo of hot laps
in the final five minutes of the session, the eventual knockout blow to the competition a 1'48.587 time half a second ahead of any rival.
With that final push, Smith demoted home rider Nico Terol from provisional pole to second on the grid, the first front row of the Jack&Jones WRB manīs career. Smith now has a nervous night ahead, with his fingers crossed that there is no repeat of the mechanical problems experienced by his bike in either Qatar or last yearīs Jerez visit (when it was ridden by Mattia Pasini).
Once again sneaking amongst the frontrunners, Stefan Bradl put himself on the first row after a sterling session with the Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing Aprilia. The German will be alongside not only his fellow teenagers Smith and Terol, but also experienced 125cc veteran and reigning World Champion Gabor Talmacsi, with the holeshot set to be eagerly contested on Sunday.
Simone Corsi leads off row two onboard the second Jack&Jones WRB machine, alongside the ever-improving American Stevie Bonsey, French Derbi rider Mike di Meglio and rookie sensation Scott Redding.
There was no room for current series leader Sergio Gadea in the top ten, and he closes the third row in a less-than-ideal position for the still-tender Spaniard. However, as seen in Qatar, the Mapfre Aspar rider recovering from a dislocated collarbone is not to be ruled out, whatever the circumstances.
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