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Redding achieves first pole in Texas

Redding achieves first pole in Texas

Britain’s Scott Redding will start at the front of the grid for Sunday’s Moto2™ race in Austin. On his first pole position in any category of the World Championship, the Marc VDS Racing Team rider will share the front row with Takaaki Nakagami and Nico Terol. Championship leader Pol Espargaro starts seventh.

Redding’s result marked the second consecutive session in which a rider had clinched a first pole position in a given class, as an hour earlier reigning Moto2™ World Champion Marc Marquez had picked up his first pole in the premier tier.

Displacing Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami, Redding – second in the standings – registered 2’10.577 and was almost seventh tenths of a second quicker. Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Terol (who achieves his first Moto2 front row) was just two hundredths of a second down on Nakagami as Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter rounded out the top five.

There was drama in the way of falls in the closing stages, as Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese and QMMF Racing Team’s Rafid Topan Sucipto fell simultaneously. Minutes later, Blusens Avintia’s Toni Elias saw his last lap go up in smoke as he also lost control. All three riders escaped injury, although Cortese – the reigning Moto3™ title holder – was frustrated to be left 20th on the grid.

Espargaro and Tuenti HP 40 had improved from seventh place on Friday to the top of the classification in final practice, but the Spaniard – suffering a lack of front-end grip - was knocked back down to his previous position in qualifying. He will start behind NGM Mobile Racing’s Simone Corsi. Joining Espargaro on Row 3 will be Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio, as Julian Simon completes the first ten on the second Italtrans machine.

Sunday’s Moto2™ Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas will begin at 12:20pm local time (GMT -5).


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