Márquez heads up Moto2 field for Indianapolis GP

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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Marc Márquez will start from pole position for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix after holding off Simone Corsi by just one thousandth of a second.

With 38 riders in the Moto2 field, a clear spot for a fast lap was difficult to come by at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a frenetic dash in the final minutes of the qualifying session saw the top ten riders swapping leading positions until Márquez took the top spot aboard his Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol machine.

The Spaniard just held off Italian rider Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) by 0.001s, setting a record breaking time of 1'44.038 to grab his fifth pole of 2011. Although he missed out on pole, it was still Corsi’s best qualifying position of his Moto2 career. Joining the front row starters for the first time this season is Andrea Iannone, whose lap of 1'44.158 aboard his Speed Master machine qualified him third.

Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) heads up the second row, after posting a time of 1'44.344 on lap 18, two tenths quicker than Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) in fifth and three tenths ahead of Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) who takes the final spot on row two.

Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) stepped up his times by over a second to qualify seventh, he was followed by Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) to complete the third row, while Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) was the final rider in the top ten times and will start from the head of row four.

Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) qualified down in 22nd position apparently his FP3 crash having slowed the German rider’s momentum.

Kenny Noyes was the leading American in the field, placing 29th, with wildcard Jake Gagne (GPTech) and JD Beach (Aeroport de Castello), the permanent replacement for Tommaso Lorenzetti, in 32nd and 35th, respectively.

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