Estoril : 125cc grid
World Championship leader Simone Corsi will start Sunday´s bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal from pole position, upping the pace set on Friday afternoon.
The Jack&Jones WRB rider is looking for his first back-to-back victories in the lower cylinder
class, and a 1´53.367 lap of the Estoril circuit gave him the best opportunity to do so as he edged out Stevie Bonsey for the pole.
Degraaf Grand Prix rider Bonsey took his best ever qualifying result, and was on course to beat Corsi´s initial fast time until the Italian simultaneously raised the bar. A late hot lap from Nico Terol allowed him to join teammate Corsi on the front row, which is completed in turn by Bonsey´s garage partner, Danny Webb.
Out to regain the top position in the overall classification, Sergio Gadea heads the second row of the 125cc grid, onboard the Bancaja Aspar Aprilia ahead of compatriot Joan Olive, second placed in the standings Stefan Bradl, and Frenchman Mike di Meglio.
A nasty incident during the session involved the latter, who concludes the second line of attack. Whilst attempting a fast lap and rounding another rider, he ran into the back of Ivan Maestro, sending both into the gravel. Maestro stood up to protest the injustice of the situation, whilst Derbi rider Di Meglio was stretchered away holding his stomach.
DORNA / CAPSIS International