2011 Valencia 125cc Qualifying Practice Result: Mixed Conditions Create Qualifying Surprises

Result and summary of qualifying for the 125cc class at Valencia:

Danny Webb has taken the first pole of his career, and the first ever pole for Mahindra, in a tense and thrilling qualifying battle in difficult conditions. A shower of rain before qualifying started made the track very treacherous, the surface changing as it dried out throughout the session.

The final few minutes saw the pole swapping several times between Webb and Louis Rossi, the Frenchman also in line for the best grid position of his career, but a flying lap by Webb as the last seconds ticked down was enough to secure pole for Webb, leaving Rossi to start from 2nd. Johann Zarco ended the session in 3rd, taking the last position on the front row and offering him his best chance of taking the 125cc title, assisted by the fact that Nico Terol once again struggled in the difficult conditions, only managing the 9th fastest time, three seconds behind Webb.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 1'45.898    
2 96 Louis ROSSI APRILIA 1'46.325 0.427 0.427
3 5 Johann ZARCO DERBI 1'48.028 2.130 1.703
4 39 Luis SALOM APRILIA 1'48.264 2.366 0.236
5 10 Alexis MASBOU KTM 1'48.283 2.385 0.019
6 55 Hector FAUBEL APRILIA 1'48.288 2.390 0.005
7 11 Sandro CORTESE APRILIA 1'48.731 2.833 0.443
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES APRILIA 1'48.756 2.858 0.025
9 18 Nicolas TEROL APRILIA 1'48.920 3.022 0.164
10 94 Jonas FOLGER APRILIA 1'49.438 3.540 0.518
11 26 Adrian MARTIN APRILIA 1'49.456 3.558 0.018
12 8 Jack MILLER KTM 1'49.721 3.823 0.265
13 7 Efren VAZQUEZ DERBI 1'49.726 3.828 0.005
14 23 Alberto MONCAYO APRILIA 1'49.779 3.881 0.053
15 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN DERBI 1'49.794 3.896 0.015
16 28 Josep RODRIGUEZ APRILIA 1'50.178 4.280 0.384
17 19 Alessandro TONUCCI APRILIA 1'50.345 4.447 0.167
18 52 Danny KENT APRILIA 1'50.382 4.484 0.037
19 31 Niklas AJO APRILIA 1'50.583 4.685 0.201
20 60 Manuel TATASCIORE APRILIA 1'51.023 5.125 0.440
21 50 Sturla FAGERHAUG APRILIA 1'51.088 5.190 0.065
22 3 Luigi MORCIANO APRILIA 1'51.162 5.264 0.074
23 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 1'51.667 5.769 0.505
24 84 Jakub KORNFEIL APRILIA 1'51.953 6.055 0.286
25 71 John McPHEE APRILIA 1'52.005 6.107 0.052
26 17 Taylor MACKENZIE APRILIA 1'52.699 6.801 0.694
27 53 Jasper IWEMA APRILIA 1'53.063 7.165 0.364
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'53.310
* 56 Peter SEBESTYEN APRILIA 1'53.313 7.415 0.250
* 21 Harry STAFFORD APRILIA 1'53.370 7.472 0.057
* 30 Giulian PEDONE APRILIA 1'53.556 7.658 0.186
* 34 Daniel RUIZ HONDA 1'54.437 8.539 0.881
* 13 Juan Francisco GUEVAR APRILIA 1'54.767 8.869 0.330
* 86 Kevin HANUS HONDA 1'55.262 9.364 0.495
  22 Emil PETERSEN HONDA 1'55.406 9.508 0.144
* 40 Marco COLANDREA APRILIA 1'56.230 10.332 0.824
* 14 Brad BINDER APRILIA 1'56.887 10.989 0.657

* Have qualified for the race having achieved a time within 107 % of the fastest rider in a free practice session.

2011
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