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Gabor Talmacsi claimes his first Moto2 pole

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After qualifying was cancelled due to rain, Gabor Talmacsi claimed his first Moto2 pole position with his best lap time from Friday afternoon's session.

The Moto2 FP2 outing was the least wet session of all, just about dry enough for a handful of riders to risk using slick tyres. Talmacsi was one those few and the gamble paid off for the former 125 World Champion, who is currently without a contract for 2011.

The 29-year-old Hungarian will share the front row of the grid with Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon, recently crowned Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias and Moto2 first-timer Kenan Sofuoglu .

"I changed to slick during FP2 even though the track wasn't very dry," Talmacsi said.

That made it a bit risky but the grip level was okay so I was able to push quite hard and that got allowed me to be fastest. At the last few races I have had difficulties in practice which made me start far back on the grid which makes the race very difficult. Tomorrow, rain or dry is okay for me, because our rain set-up is good. But I'm on pole, so I'm happy and I'll try to be fast whatever the conditions," the Fimmco Speed Up rider concluded.

Twice World Supersport champion Sofuoglu is looking forward to his debut Moto2 race tomorrow, having made it onto the front row of the grid in his very first attempt at the Honda-powered series.

The 26-year-old Turkish rider, who recently made sure of his second World Supersport crown, is riding for the French Technomag-CIP team which so tragically lost Shoya Tomizawa at last month's San Marino Grand Prix. Sofuoglu has plenty of experience with 600s, having won the 2007 and 2010 Supersport titles for the Ten Kate team, riding a CBR600RR. He tested with his new team at Albacete, Spain, on Monday.

"I'm quite happy, though it would have been good to have a dry session, especially because I've only had one testing in the dry on this bike [at Albacete, last Monday) and because I've never ridden here before either. The Dunlop rain front tyre seems really good and we've been working to find a little more rear grip by adjusting the suspension set-up," Sofuoglu said.

Main Photo: Gabor Talmacsi slogs through the rain
Credit: Honda


Qualifying results
1 Gabor Talmacsi 1m50.916s
2 Julian Simon +0.388s
3 Toni Elias +0.443s
4 Kenan Sofuoglu +1.033s
5 Raffaele De Rosa +1.892s
6 Alex De Angelis +2.317s
7 Yonny Hernandez +3.298s
8 Dominique Aegerter +3.331s
9 Yuki Takahashi +3.386s
10 Stefan Bradl +3.640s

Round 16 - Standings
1 Toni Elias 271
2 Julian Simon 181
3 Andrea Iannone 179
4 Thomas Luthi 143
5 Simone Corsi 127
6 Jules Cluzel 101
7 Gabor Talmacsi 95
8 Yuki Takahashi 86
9 Shoya Tomizawa 82
10 Scott Redding 78

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