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Márquez grabs pole position

Márquez grabs pole position

Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) will start the AirAsia British Grand Prix Moto2 race from pole position, with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) starting second and Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) starting from third.

Moto2 qualifying began under dark skies and blustery wind, with Márquez again leading the timings from early in the session, setting a new circuit Moto2 record with a time of 2'08.101. Championship leader Bradl pushed hard in the last five minutes to challenge Márquez for the pole, sliding into corners around his second to last lap, but ended the session in third with a time of 2'08.618, behind the Suter bike of Scott Redding in second.

Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) moved up to third in the last ten minutes, finally posting a time 0.305s behind Bradl, putting the French rider on the second row of the grid. Simone Corsi put his Ioda Racing Project bike in fifth, 0.053s behind Cluzel and 0.045s in front of the Moriwaki of Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2).

Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) will start the race from the head of the third row, followed by Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing) and Mike di Meglio in ninth, a substantial improvement for the Tech 3 Racing rider, whose time earlier in the day had him down in 23rd spot.

Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) starts from tenth on the grid after qualifying with a time of 2'09.646, with Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing) and Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) behind the San Marino rider.

Bradley Smith, who set practice times that put him 13th in the running in the earlier practice, suffered engine problems during the session, returning to the pits to solve them without great success, setting him back on the grid in 28th.

Max Neukirchner of MZ Racing crashed out around the halfway point of the session, and later Axel Pons (Pons HP 40) crashed in the last minute., though set a time earlier of 2'09.994, putting him 16th, one place in front of the German Neukirchner.

Tags:
Moto2, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, QP

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