Márquez on pole in Brno

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Saturday, 13 August 2011

Marc Márquez took his fourth pole position of the season, stealing it from Moto2 Championship leader Bradl in the dying seconds of the qualifying practice ahead of the Cardion ab Grand Prix České republiky race.

The Moto2 rookie will start from the head of the front row after setting a new class record for the Brno circuit with a time of 2'02.493 aboard his Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol machine. Márquez nabbed the top spot after a scrap for the lead with Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing). The German rider, whose best time was 2 tenths behind Márquez, has seen the young Spaniardr chip away at his Championship lead and will start second behind him for the third successive race.

Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) joins the Championship leaders for his second start of the season on the first row thanks to his best lap of 2'02.725.

Making his first appearance in the top ten this weekend is Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), who will start the race from the head of row two. The Swiss rider starts ahead of Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) who made his best qualifying position of the season so far with a 2'02.943 to place him fifth on the grid. The last spot on row two will be occupied by Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) who posted a time of 2'03.461 despite still struggling with a fractured a vertebra sustained in the previous Sachsenring round.

Row three is an all Italian composition made up of Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project), Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) and Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing), giving the latter two their best qualifying positions of the season. Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing), who crashed out of the session, completes the top ten startes.

After crashing on the first lap, Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) was taken to the Medical Centre and did not return to qualifying, his fitness is yet to be determined for the race. Other riders not completing the session due to falls include Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), and Santiago Hernández (SAG Team).

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