Mugello MotoGP: Zarco takes first pole of season

Published: 02 July 2011

Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) qualified fastest in changeable conditions at Mugello to secure his first pole position start of the season, lapping 1.6 seconds faster than RW Racing GP rider Luis Salom who will start in second place.

Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) completes the front row qualifying in third place, ahead of Efren Vazquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) in fourth and Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar Team 125cc) in fifth. Sandro Cortese (Intact-Racing Team Germany) will start from sixth on the grid.

Rain prevented most riders from improving on their times set early in the session, with the majority spending the second half of the qualifying in the pits hoping that the rain would clear.

Maverick Vinales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) will start from seventh, whilst Bankia Aspar Team 125cc team mates Hector Faubel and Adrian Martin complete the third row in eighth and ninth.

Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) was fastest Brit at the Italian circuit, qualifying in twelth, whilst Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) will start from seventeenth. Phonica Racing rider Taylor Mackenzie qualified in twenty-eighth, two places behind Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport).

1 Johann Zarco FRA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 1'58.988 
2 Luis Salom SPA RW Racing GP 1.632 / 1.632
3 Sergio Gadea SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 1.915 / 0.283
4 Efren Vazquez SPA Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 2.038 / 0.123
5 Nicolas Terol SPA Bankia Aspar Team 125cc 2.045 / 0.007
6 Sandro Cortese GER Intact-Racing Team Germany 2.105 / 0.060
7 Maverick Vinales SPA Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 2.213 / 0.108
8 Hector Faubel SPA Bankia Aspar Team 125cc 2.363 / 0.150
9 Adrian Martin SPA Bankia Aspar Team 125cc 2.691 / 0.328
10 Louis Rossi FRA Matteoni Racing  2.780 / 0.089
11 Miguel Oliveira POR Andalucia Banca Civica 2.793 / 0.013
12 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Racing 2.823 / 0.030
13 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Racing 2.851 / 0.028
14 Simone Grotzkyk ITA Phonica Racing 2.939 / 0.088
15 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Ongetta-Centro Seta 2.988 / 0.049
16 Alberto Moncayo SPA Andalucia Banca Civica 3.165 / 0.177
17 Harry Stafford GBR Ongetta-Centro Seta 3.361 / 0.196
18 Sturla Fagerhaug NOR WTR-Ten10 Racing 3.495 / 0.134
19 Jasper Iwema NED Ongetta-Abbink Metaal 3.757 / 0.262
20 Alexis Masbou FRA Caretta Technology 3.941 / 0.184
21 Jonas Folger GER Red Bull Ajo MotorSport  3.943 / 0.002
22 Kevin Calia ITA MGP Racing 3.961 / 0.018
23 Niklas Ajo FIN TT Motion Events Racing 3.977 / 0.016
24 Luigi Morciano ITA Team Italia FMI 4.089 / 0.112
25 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Airasia-Sic-Ajo 4.387 / 0.298
26 Danny Kent GBR Red Bull Ajo MotorSport 4.494 / 0.107
27 Miroslav Popov CZE Ellegi Racing 4.696 / 0.202
28 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Phonica Racing 4.927 / 0.231
29 Francesco Mauriello ITA WTR-Ten10 Racing 5.644 / 0.717
30 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Team Italia FMI 5.675 / 0.031
31 Giulian Pedone SWI Phonica Racing 5.872 / 0.197
32 Peter Sebestyen HUN Caretta Technology 6.966 / 1.094
33 Joan Perello SPA Matteoni Racing  8.076 / 1.110
Massimo Parziani ITA Faenza Racing 10.645 / 2.569

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