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Spaniard Espargaro registers Moto2™ Catalunya pole

The Moto2™ contest on Sunday at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya will get underway with Pol Espargaro on pole, whilst Scott Redding and Esteve Rabat will start just behind him on the grid.

Local rider Espargaro set a rapid pace in qualifying, the Tuenti HP 40 man emerging on top thanks to a 1’46.410 lap on Saturday afternoon, in scorching heat at the brilliant Circuit de Catalunya.

Marc VDS Racing Team's standings leader Redding ended up 0.619s adrift of pole, whilst Espargaro’s Tuenti HP 40 colleague Rabat completed the front row with a similar time to Redding’s.

Indeed another similar lap time from Italtrans Racing Team's Takaaki Nakagami has him at the front of row two, 0.688s off pole man Espargaro. Despite an early crash NGM Mobile Forward Racing's Alex de Angelis made row two as well, with Came IodaRacing Project's Johann Zarco in sixth.

The third row features Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres, Technomag carXpert's Randy Krummenacher and Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese - who rides for Dynavolt Intact GP.

The top ten was rounded out by Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) who may be disappointed with that position having shown good pace in free practice.

There were crashes for Ratthapark Wilairot and Kyle Smith towards the end of the session but both riders emerged without major problems.

Sunday’s Moto2™ race at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya will commence at 12.20pm local time.

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Moto2, 2013, QP

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