News 18 Sep 2011

Faubel takes first 125 Grand Prix pole since 2007 in Aragon qualifying

Hector Faubel was quickest in the 125cc Grand Prix class at Aragon.

Hector Faubel was quickest in the 125cc Grand Prix class at Aragon.

Héctor Faubel’s last lap flyer earned him pole position in the 125cc category, his first of the season and the Spaniard’s first since 2007.

His effort of 1’59.222 bumped Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing), who looked set to be the pole starter, out of the lead by a margin of 0.009s.

Faubel’s team-mate and the current Championship leader Nico Terol had dominated most of the session and was the first to dip under the two-minute mark, leading until the late surges began in the final four minutes. Terol’s time of 1’59.374 has him starting in the third spot on the front row alongside his fellow countrymen.

Morning session leader Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) heads up the second row after setting a time 0.376s off the pole of Faubel.

The Frenchman, who is still looking for his first win in the category after finishing second five times this season, is joined by Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) in the fifth and sixth grid positions and the last two in the field under the two-minute mark.

Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany), who sits just one point behind Viñales in the Championship, will start from row three after finishing seventh fastest, with Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) and Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) completing the third row.

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) completed the top ten and will head row four, with Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) and permanent replacement for Sergio Gadea on the Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing team, Josep Rodríguez, joining the German rider.

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