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Bradl commands Moto2 qualifying

Bradl commands Moto2 qualifying

Stefan Bradl left his rivals trailing in the Misano qualifying session, taking pole position ahead of Marc Márquez and Yuki Takahashi.

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) took his seventh pole position of the season - and his first since the Assen GP – with a best effort of 1’37.828, leaving his closest rival Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) trailing by 0.256s. The German was the only rider in the Moto2 class to break the 1’38” barrier.

Márquez pushed a bit too hard at the start of the session and had a crash, but was able to rejoin the meet, posting a time of 1’38.084 on his final lap which put the Spaniard second on the grid. Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) followed Márquez with a time of 1'38.340 to take the third spot on the grid, making this the Japanese rider’s fourth front row grid position of the season.

Two Brits occupy the second row, with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) leading after posting a time of 1'38.364, Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) completing the row with a 1'38.535 lap time and San Marino local Alex De Angelis (JiR Moto2) between the two with a posted time of 1'38.461.

Speed Master rider Andrea Iannone crashed out of the session in turn two, but rejoined the outing to post the seventh fastest time, putting the Italian at the head of row three for the race start. Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) and Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) join Iannone on the third row.

Row four is led by Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), with Jules Cluzel (NGM Forward Racing) and older brother to Pol, Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40), joining the Swiss rider.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing) and Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX) all had falls in the session.


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