News 15 Oct 2011

Zarco continues form with 125 Grand Prix pole position in Australia

Johann Zarco claimed his fourth pole of the year at Phillip Island in the 125s.

Johann Zarco claimed his fourth pole of the year at Phillip Island in the 125s.

Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) took his fourth pole position of the season and his career after leading much of the qualifying practice on Saturday afternoon, just before closing the outing with a high speed fall that he fortunately walked away from.

The Frenchman’s time of 1’39.207 was the fastest of the day though Sandro Cortese’s lap set in the better conditions Friday morning remained quickest of the weekend.

The Intact Racing Team Germany team rider, who qualified second at the Australian circuit last year, will join Zarco on the front row after posting a lap of 1’39.558.

Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) equalled his best grid position of the season, third, after lapping behind Cortese by a margin of 0.052s.

Nico Terol, who mathematically can take the title this weekend if he can increase his current 31-point advantage to 50 points over Zarco, was fourth with a time of 1’39.702.

The Bankia Aspar rider heads an all-Spanish row with Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) and Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) joining him.

Row three is comprised of Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) and Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing).

Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) crashed out of the session early, his time set on lap five was quick enough to land him tenth in the line up.

Caretta Technology KTM rider Jack Miller was the best of the Aussies, qualifying for Sunday’s home GP along with Wildcards Josh Hook ( and Nicky Diles (Aprilia RSW Racing).

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