Terol Proves Unbeatable In Qualifying At Indy

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Nicolas Terol justified his status as the overwhelming favourite for qualifying at Indianapolis by cruising to pole position. In truth, the destiny of the pole slot was never in doubt with Terol raising the bar as soon as anybody got anywhere near him.

In the early stages, British rookie Danny Kent was the surprise challenger to the Spaniard, becoming the first rider this afternoon to go under 1m50s to take pole at the halfway mark. Terol's response was instant and emphatic with consecutive laps of 1:49.485 and 1:49.152 to pull out a half-second lead over Maverick Vinales who sneaked into second. The Blusens rider followed that up with another lap which got him to within 0.035s of pole position but true to form, Terol hit back with a 1:48.902.

As the final runs began, the attention turned to Kent as he looked to defend his place on the front row. Johann Zarco snatched it off him with eight minutes remaining and despite a series of improvements form the Briton, he wouldn't be dislodged.

Instead it was Vinales who fell back as Sandro Cortese delivered another single-lap stunner, moving into second on a 1:48.919 with Zarco also getting into the 1:48s to retake third. Not to be left out, Terol returned to the track to consolidate pole position with his quickest lap of 1:48.199 comfortably faster than the rest of the field.

Cortese and Zarco will start alongside on the front row, making a repeat of the three-way battle of Brno highly likely. Vinales will also be a contender after matching the times of the two riders ahead of him. The 16 year old will have Danny Kent for company with the Red Bull Ajo rider securing his highest ever grid position.

Hector Faubel shrugged off a morning crash to take sixth on his final lap, pushing Efren Vazquez off the second row into seventh. The Derbi rider will be joined by Jonas Folger and Sergio Gadea, with Alexis Masbou qualifying a fine tenth on the Caretta Technology KTM.

Behind Kent, Taylor Mackenzie did an excellent job to be the next Briton in 20th, his best grid position since the second race of the season but Danny Webb won't be happy to be starting alongside him. The Mahindra rider crashed for the second time this weekend which restricted him to 21st. Harry Stafford also had a fall during the session and will start from the back of the grid.

The line-up will only feature 30 riders as a result of Alberto Moncayo's morning crash. The Andalucia Banca Civica rider damaged his collarbone in the fall and has been ruled out of tomorrow's Grand Prix.


Qualifying Result:

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team 1:48.199
2 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany +0.720
3 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +0.740
4 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +0.792
5 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +1.057
6 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +1.125
7 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +1.291
8 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +1.409
9 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +1.720
10 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology +1.795
11 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +1.934
12 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +2.146
13 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing +2.350
14 Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +2.401
15 Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing +2.405
16 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +2.660
17 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.707
18 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +2.823
19 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +3.033
20 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing +3.473
21 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing +3.564
22 Francesco Mauriello ITA Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +4.005
23 Sturla Fagerhaug NOR Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +4.202
24 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal +4.299
25 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +4.462
26 Joan Perello SPA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +5.092
27 Brad Binder RSA Aprilia RW Racing GP +5.248
28 Giulian Pedone SWI Aprilia Phonica Racing +5.699
29 Peter Sebestyen HUN KTM Caretta Technology +5.793
30 Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +7.424
107% Qualifying Time: 1:55.773
NQ Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica No Time
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