Marquez thrills home crowd with Jerez pole

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Marc Marquez has made it three Spanish pole sitters across all classes as he placed his bike top in today´s Moto2™ qualifying ahead of Takaaki Nakagami.

With conditions vastly improved in the afternoon, the Moto2 class had its first outing in the dry since the official test back in March. And it was championship leader Marquez aboard his Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol bike, who put on a show for his home crowd, setting the fastest lap of 1.43´005.

In a field where the top ten were separated by less than a second, it was Italtrans Racing Team rider Nakagami who was just eight hundredths behind the Spaniard, with Pons 40 HP Tuenti rider Pol Espargaro rounding out the front row.

Last race´s pole sitter, Interwetten-Paddock´s Thom Lüthi, ended up fourth on the grid, yet crashed in the final minutes trying to improve his time. Behind him is Marc VDS´ Mika Kallio, who had been fastest in FP2. Finishing off the second row is Nakagami´s team mate Claudio Corti, who is just under four tenths off the front.

The top ten is completed by Pons rider Esteve Rabat, S/Master Speed Up´s Mike Di Meglio, GP Team Switzerland´s Randy Krummenacher and JiR Moto2´s Johann Zarco. Zarco, who had been the fastest rider in the wet, was unable to replicate that form in the dry.

It was a session to forget for Blusens Avintia´s Julián Simón, Came IodaRacing Project´s Simone Corsi, Tech3 Racing´s Bradley Smith, Pons 40 HP Tuenti´s Axel Pons and Kallio´s team mate Scott Redding, as they all crashed throughout the session.

Last year´s race winner, Speed Master´s Andrea Iannone did not have a good qualifying session for his standards, and ended the day in 13th.

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