Le Mans MotoGP: Scott Redding second on 125GP grid
British rider Scott Redding missed claiming his maiden pole position in Le Mans today by just 0.093s.
The Blusens Aprilia rider will start tomorrow’s 24-lap lap race from second on the grid having just been pipped to his first world championship pole position by Spaniard Marc Marquez.
Redding’s best of 1.47.173 was a massive 0.6s clear of third placed Nicolas Terol as the 16-year-old claimed his first front row start since the Misano race last August. It was Redding’s best ever GP qualifying performance though and sets him up perfectly for an assault on his second world championship victory.
Redding, who created history in 2008 by becoming the youngest rider ever to win a world championship race with his success in the British GP at Donington Park, said: “I thought I might have had my first pole position but I’m happy to be on the front row. The team have really started to give me a good bike and I’m confident I can fight for the podium tomorrow.”
Jerez winner Bradley Smith looked like he would join Redding on the front row of the grid as he climbed into fourth place in the closing stages.
The session had started on a wet track after earlier rain but quickly dried out in windy conditions and Smith suffered an early crash in the damp conditions that had left him languishing down outside the top 20.
But he found his pace as the track dried and after his tumble the 18-year-old eventually had to settle for sixth place. Smith though could leave France as the world championship leader after series leader Andrea Iannone was left trailing down in 23rd place.
The Italian too crashed in the early damp conditions.
Danny Webb will start from 10th on the grid.
1 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red Bull KTM Moto Sport KTM 1'47.080
2 Scott REDDING GBR Blusens Aprilia Aprilia 1'47.173
3 Nicolas TEROL SPA Jack & Jones Team Aprilia 1'47.783
4 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Ajo Interwetten Derbi 1'47.995
5 Joan OLIVE SPA Derbi Racing Team Derbi 1'48.085
6 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja Aspar Team 125cc Aprilia 1'48.115
7 Julian SIMON SPA Bancaja Aspar Team 125cc Aprilia 1'48.334
8 Stefan BRADL GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Aprilia 1'48.508
9 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Loncin Racing Loncin 1'49.313
10 Danny WEBB GBR Degraaf Grand Prix Aprilia 1'49.439
11 Cameron BEAUBIER USA Red Bull KTM Moto Sport KTM 1'49.695
12 Sergio GADEA SPA Bancaja Aspar Team 125cc Aprilia 1'50.239
13 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens Aprilia Aprilia 1'50.598
14 Alexis MASBOU FRA Loncin Racing Loncin 1'50.692
15 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Derbi Racing Team Derbi 1'50.761
16 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta Team I.S.P.A. Aprilia 1'51.001
17 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Degraaf Grand Prix Aprilia 1'51.430
18 Lukas SEMBERA CZE Matteoni Racing Aprilia 1'51.812
19 Simone CORSI ITA Jack & Jones Team Aprilia 1'52.028
20 Lorenzo ZANETTI ITA Ongetta Team I.S.P.A. Aprilia 1'52.443
21 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 1'52.684
22 Steven LE COQUEN FRA Villiers Team Competition Honda 1'53.225
23 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ongetta Team I.S.P.A. Aprilia 1'53.579
24 Sandro CORTESE GER Ajo Interwetten Derbi 1'54.504
1 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Aprilia 1'38.270
2 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Metis Gilera Gilera 1'38.652
3 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Scot Racing Team 250cc Honda 1'38.682
4 Thomas LUTHI SWI Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia 1'38.796
5 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Mapfre Aspar Team 250cc Aprilia 1'39.003
6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeropuerto-Castello-Blusens Aprilia 1'39.365
7 Raffaele DE ROSA ITA Scot Racing Team 250cc Honda 1'39.367
8 Lukas PESEK CZE Auto Kelly - CP Aprilia 1'39.381 258.126 1.111
9 Roberto LOCATELLI ITA Metis Gilera Gilera 1'39.511
10 Hector FAUBEL SPA Valencia CF - Honda SAG Honda 1'39.517
11 Hector BARBERA SPA Pepe World Team Aprilia 1'39.596
12 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT SAG Honda 1'39.667
13 Mattia PASINI ITA Team Toth Aprilia Aprilia 1'39.896
14 Alex BALDOLINI ITA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 1'40.066
15 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Aprilia 1'40.462
16 Angel RODRIGUEZ SPA Balatonring Team Aprilia 1'40.620
17 Shoya TOMIZAWA JPN CIP Moto - GP250 Honda 1'40.661
18 Jules CLUZEL FRA Matteoni Racing Aprilia 1'40.852
19 Imre TOTH HUN Team Toth Aprilia Aprilia 1'41.444
20 Valentin DEBISE FRA CIP Moto - GP250 Honda 1'42.391
21 Axel PONS SPA Pepe World Team Aprilia 1'42.654
22 Vladimir LEONOV RUS Viessmann Kiefer Racing Aprilia 1'42.812
23 Bastien CHESAUX SWI Racing Team Germany Honda 1'43.342
24 77 Aitor RODRIGUEZ SPA Milar - Juegos Lucky Aprilia 1'44.132