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crashnet 125: Smith takes first pole.

Sat 08 Mar, 08:11 PM

Bradley Smith has secured his first ever 125GP pole position after successfully defending his provisional position at the top of the Qatar timesheets - despite once again finishing the floodlit session in the gravel trap.

The 17-year-old's Friday time soon came under pressure from reigning world champion Gabor Talmacsi during the early part of the half hour session, but the Hungarian remained a fraction behind a still-to-improve Smith heading into the final minutes.

Bradley then improved on his Friday time with less than a minute to go, leaving him just 0.066secs clear of Talmacsi, but he was then thrown from his Polaris Aprilia at high speed while trying to gain further ground on his final lap.

Fortunately Smith was able to walk away apparently unhurt, just as he had 24 hours previously, while his rivals failed to capitalise on his absence - meaning the #38 will line-up at the front of the field for Sunday's first ever 125cc night race.

Joining Smith on the front row will be Talmacsi, Mike di Meglio and 15-year-old rookie Scott Redding - the Briton delivering a superb performance on his grand prix debut after being a provisional eleventh on Friday.

The third British rider, Danny Webb, was one of only two riders in the top ten not to improve during the second session, and slipped from second to fifth as a result. Simone Corsi was the other rider to lap slower on Saturday, after suffering a rough tumble from his Aprilia.

Final qualifying - Qatar:

1. Smith (Aprilia)

2. Talmacsi (Aprilia) +0.066secs

3. di Meglio (Derbi) +0.109secs

4. Redding (Aprilia) +0.303secs

5. Webb (Aprilia) +0.351secs

6. de Rosa (KTM) +0.376secs

7. Terol (Aprilia) +0.591secs

8. Gadea (Aprilia) +0.711secs

9. Olive (Derbi) +0.832secs

10. Corsi (Aprilia) +0.854secs

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