Nakagami claims pole position at Brno

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami has claimed his second Moto2™ pole position ahead of Sunday’s bwin Grand Prix České republiky. The Italtrans Racing Team rider beat Tuenti HP 40 pair Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat, who posted identical lap times. Championship leader Scott Redding could manage no more than 13th position.

Nakagami’s qualifying-topping result is his first since Le Mans, where he started on pole but threw away the lead of the race courtesy of an unforced error. In second place, Espargaro – who starts ahead of time-matching teammate Rabat, as he registered the lap first – will set off some 11 positions ahead of title rival Redding, making for a critical Sunday afternoon for both riders.

Behind Rabat - who won at Indianapolis last weekend and earlier on Saturday was confirmed as joining the Marc VDS Racing Team for the next two Moto2™ seasons - the top five is completed by Redding’s Marc VDS teammate Mika Kallio and Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese, as the reigning Moto3™ World Champion achieves his best qualifying result so far since joining Moto2™.

Sachsenring victor Jordi Torres will line up sixth for Aspar Team Moto2, ahead of Came Iodaracing Project’s Johann Zarco and Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi, with the top ten completed by Aspar’s Nico Terol and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter. On Row 5, Redding will start ahead of Italtrans' Julian Simon and NGM Mobile Racing’s Simone Corsi.

Two riders hit trouble, as both Tuenti HP 40’s Axel Pons and Technomag carXpert’s Randy Krummenacher suffered crashes. Sunday’s Moto2™ race starts at 11:20am local time (GMT +2).

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