2009 Le Mans 125cc Qualifying Practice Result - Drying Track Throws Up Surprise Polesitter

Result and recap of the 125cc Qualifying Practice at Le Mans:

The 16-year-old KTM rider Marc  Marquez took his debut pole at Le Mans this afternoon, after timing his final lap to perfection. The Spaniard crossed the line to start his final lap with just seconds to go before the checkered flag fell, and used that lap to set the fastest time of the day, staying ahead of Scott Redding who had followed him round the track. Marquez had set a series of fastest laps as the clock ticked down, and pole position a reward for a very strong performance.

Qualifying for the 125 had been a hectic and crash-strewn affair, the track drying as the session progressed, and towards the end of the session riders started gambling on taking out cut slicks and even full slicks to try to improve their times. In the end, Marquez and Redding emerged the big winners, over 6/10ths of a second ahead of third place man Nicolas Terol. Dominique Aegerter rounds out the front row.

The three men who have dominated the series so far suffered mixed fortunes, Bradley Smith qualifying on the second row of the grid, ahead of his team mate Julian Simon. While 6th and 7th are unimpressive for the Aspar team, Andrea Iannone's 23rd fastest time is a downright disaster. The championship leader crashed early on, and as 125cc riders only have one bike at their disposal, he couldn't get back out in time to improve on his qualifying time.

Marquez' KTM team mate Cameron Beaubier also had is best qualifying session so far, and will start from 11th on the grid, just behind De Graaf's Danny Webb.

The crashes early in the session left a large number of riders outside of the qualifying time, but Race Direction was lenient with many of them. Efren Vazquez, Luca Marconi, Cyril Carillo, Gregory di Carlo, Luca Vitali, Jasper Iwema, Takaaki Nakagami, Johann Zarco and Sturla Fagerhaug will all be allowed to start, having set faster times in earlier sessions. Sadly, that leaves the only female wildcard of the event, Ornella Ongaro out in the cold. And worryingly for the Haojue team, neither Michael Ranseder nor Matthew Hoyle will be permitted to start, both men having technical problems and not managing to set a fast enough time during either practice or qualifying.

The result of qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ KTM 1'47.080    
2 45 Scott REDDING APRILIA 1'47.173 0.093 0.093
3 18 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 1'47.783 0.703 0.610
4 77 Dominique AEGERTER DERBI 1'47.995 0.915 0.212
5 6 Joan OLIVE DERBI 1'48.085 1.005 0.090
6 38 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 1'48.115 1.035 0.030
7 60 Julian SIMON APRILIA 1'48.334 1.254 0.219
8 17 Stefan BRADL APRILIA 1'48.508 1.428 0.174
9 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA LONCIN 1'49.313 2.233 0.805
10 99 Danny WEBB APRILIA 1'49.439 2.359 0.126
11 16 Cameron BEAUBIER KTM 1'49.695 2.615 0.256
12 33 Sergio GADEA APRILIA 1'50.239 3.159 0.544
13 12 Esteve RABAT APRILIA 1'50.598 3.518 0.359
14 5 Alexis MASBOU LONCIN 1'50.692 3.612 0.094
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO DERBI 1'50.761 3.681 0.069
16 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 1'51.001 3.921 0.240
17 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER APRILIA 1'51.430 4.350 0.429
18 69 Lukas SEMBERA APRILIA 1'51.812 4.732 0.382
19 24 Simone CORSI APRILIA 1'52.028 4.948 0.216
20 8 Lorenzo ZANETTI APRILIA 1'52.443 5.363 0.415
21 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI APRILIA 1'52.684 5.604 0.241
22 52 Steven LE COQUEN HONDA 1'53.225 6.145 0.541
23 29 Andrea IANNONE APRILIA 1'53.579 6.499 0.354
24 11 Sandro CORTESE DERBI 1'54.504 7.424 0.925
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'54.575
  7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 1'54.640 7.560 0.136
  87 Luca MARCONI APRILIA 1'54.793 7.713 0.153
  36 Cyril CARRILLO HONDA 1'55.313 8.233 0.520
  48 Gregory DI CARLO HONDA 1'56.432 9.352 1.119
  10 Luca VITALI APRILIA 1'56.705 9.625 0.273
  88 Michael RANSEDER HAOJUE 1'56.846 9.766 0.141
  53 Jasper IWEMA HONDA 1'57.807 10.727 0.961
  49 Ornella ONGARO HONDA 1'58.258 11.178 0.451
  73 Takaaki NAKAGAMI APRILIA 1'58.882 11.802 0.624
  14 Johann ZARCO APRILIA 1'59.162 12.082 0.280
  66 Matthew HOYLE HAOJUE 2'01.457 14.377 2.295
  50 Sturla FAGERHAUG KTM 2'03.768 16.688 2.311

 

Round Number: 
4
2009
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