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Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) set pole position for this weekend’s Moto2 Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) will join Bradl on the front row for Sunday’s race.
The German rider’s pole position lap time was 1’38.357 which was 0.045s quicker than Lüthi, meaning he will have started from pole in all four rounds of the 2011 Moto2 season to date. The predicted rain that had been feared did not arrive as the qualifying was run in dry, sunny conditions. Lüthi equalled his best qualifying in the Moto2 class with second in the middle of the front row. The Swiss rider has started from the front row on all four occasions this year. Takahashi on the Moriwaki will start from the front row and was 0.183s off the pole position lap.
Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) whose highest grid spot so far this season had been eighth in Spain, will start the race from the second row in fourth spot after being knocked off the front row by the Japanese rider in the final minute. Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) will start from fifth place on the second row and will be aiming for his first Championship points of 2011. Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) will be making his 50th Grand Prix start at the French GP from the second row in sixth position.
Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project), third in the Moto2 World Championship after finishing in the top six in the first three races will head the third row having placed seventh, one spot ahead of fellow Italian Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) who is nine points ahead of his fellow Italian in the standings.Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) who has yet to win a race in the Moto2 class will start from ninth, ahead of Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) in tenth, who had his best race finish in the intermediate category with fourth place at Estoril in the previous round.
Bradley Smith (Tech 3) had an early end to his qualifying after Axel Pons (Pons HP 40) crashed and caught him, sending him flying into the gravel. The Spaniard finished in 14th position as he had to helped away by the marshals. The British rider had to watch the final few minutes in the pit box but luckily was uninjured after the incident, and will start from 17th position on the grid.
Anthony West (MZ Racing) and Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX) will start 33rd and 34th respectively, one spot ahead of Kev Coghlan (Team Aeroport de Castelló) who is still recovering from his hand injury.
Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) had another crash, this time during qualifying. The Italian was able to make it back to the pits unharmed and qualified in 15th.
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