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Tomizawa to front Jerez Moto2 grid

Tomizawa to front Jerez Moto2 grid

The Championship leader will start Sunday’s race from pole position, the first of his career, with Julián Simón, Toni Elías and Yuki Takahashi all achieving front row positions on the grid.

Shoya Tomizawa will continue his early season charge from pole position at the Gran Premio bwin de España, after his lap of 1’44.372 secured him the top time in Moto2 qualifying at Jerez by just two-thousandths of a second from Julián Simón.

The Japanese rider set his time shortly before he crashed with 20 minutes of the session remaining, but his hot lap on nine of 17 turns of the Andalusian circuit remained intact. Hot on his trail was Mapfre Aspar rider Simón, with Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) and Yuki Takahashi (Tech3 Racing) completing a front row for Sunday’s race which was separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) secured fifth place at the head of the second row, which was also very tightly grouped, as Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing), Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) and Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) all set times inside the top eight.

The third row, all of whom recorded lap times well within half a second of Tomizawa’s pole, will be comprised of Kenny Noyes (Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas), Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2), Anthony West (MZ Racing) and Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX).

Aside from Tomizawa’s crash, the only other fall was for Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept) with five minutes to go, and he qualified in 19th spot. British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) will start the race from 27th position.

Moto2, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, QP

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