Le Mans warm up led by Márquez

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) was fastest in the twenty minute warm up for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in a session which saw pole sitter Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3) crash. Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) was second and Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) third.

It was perfect conditions for racing in Sunday’s warm up with warm temperatures and sunshine. Due to make his 50th Grand Prix start in today’s race, Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) clocked the quickest lap of 1’39.004 which was 0.199s faster than Iannone. The Spaniard starts from sixth place on the grid, which is his lowest qualifying position since his move up to the Moto2 class.

Second in warm up was Iannone and the Italian starts from his best qualifying position of 2011 with eighth place on the grid, his previous best was 11th in Jerez. Aleix Espargaró was third and he starts in fourth for the Moto2 race in Le Mans, which is his best qualifying result since he was third on the grid for the 250cc GP at Misano in 2008. Fourth fastest was Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) who starts from the middle of the second row for the race.

Pole position man Bradl crashed during the warm up session at turn 3 and Bradley Smith (Tech 3) crashed at turn 10. Both riders were uninjured and able to walk away, but were left frustrated after their incidents.

The top 28 riders on the Moto2 grid were covered by less than 1.5 seconds, suggesting as usual a very close race in the intermediate class. Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) was fifth in warm up and he starts from the middle of the front row, maintaining his record this season of front row starts in every race. Sixth was Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up), ahead of Yuki Takahashi’s (Gresini Racing) who following his third place finish at Estoril, will be aiming to secure successive rostrum finishes for the first time in his Grand Prix career. Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) was eighth, ahead of Axel Pons (Pons HP 40) and Mike di Meglio (Tech 3). Di Meglio is the last French rider to win a race here at the Le Mans circuit.

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