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Márquez edges Lüthi in Japan

Márquez edges Lüthi in Japan

Marc Márquez starts from pole for the seventh time this season, after stealing the top spot from Thomas Lüthi in the final lap of qualifying. The two are joined by Andrea Iannone, the Italian’s second front row appearance this year.

The final three quarters of the Moto2 qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Japan saw a battle for pole ensue between Interwetten Paddock Moto2 rider Lüthi and Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Márquez, with the Spanish rider stepping into the top spot by a margin of just under two tenths of a second with a time of 1'52.067. The 18 year old rookie nearly crashed during a fast lap though saved the fall with his knee in a remarkable display of riding talent.

Andrea Iannone is sure to be a contender in tomorrow’s race, the 22 year old Speed Master taking the third spot on the grid with a best lap 3 tenths off the pole position time. Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing), who had a moment but controlled the near crash, was two tenths off the Italian in fourth, with last year’s sixth place finisher Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) and Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) joining the British rider on row two).

Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2), who finished fourth at Motegi last year, leads row three ahead of Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP). Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) completed the top ten, ahead of Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing).

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) went down after running off the edge of the track and Kenny Noyes (Avintia-STX), who was following very closely behind just managed to avoid hitting Espargaró and his bike, threading between them as they both slide across the track.

Sergio Gadea (Desguaces La Torre G22) and Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing) went down in separate incidents and were both taken to the medical center.


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