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A second consecutive pole for Nakagami

A second consecutive pole for Nakagami

Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami will start from the front of the grid in the Moto2™ Hertz British Grand Prix, marking his second pole position within the space of a week. Championship leader Scott Redding qualified second quickest at his home circuit of Silverstone, with Johann Zarco third and title contender Pol Espargaro sixth.

Amid ideal conditions at the Northamptonshire venue, Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) pipped Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) by just three hundredths of a second, while Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project) collected his third front row slot of the campaign but missed out on second place by a single thousandth.

Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40), who was engaged in a small battle with Redding during final practice this morning, will line up sixth and on the second row behind teammate Tito Rabat and Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi. Heading into Sunday’s race, there are 21 points between Redding and Espargaro atop the standings.

Brno winner and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio has qualified seventh, sharing the third row with Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter and Maptaq SAG Zelos Team’s Xavier Simeon. Jordi Torres, who suffered an accident in practice earlier on, completes the top ten for Aspar Team Moto2.

There were contrasting fortunes for the second and third British riders. While wildcard Gino Rea managed 20th place on the grid with his privately-entered Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing machine, Tech3’s Danny Kent – whose contract has been renewed for the 2014 season – was highly disappointed to end a promising day in 27th position following a crash early in qualifying. He had finished practice in sixth place.

Sunday’s Moto2™ race begins at 11:20am local time (GMT +1).


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