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Tomizawa takes top grid spot in Czech Republic

Tomizawa takes top grid spot in Czech Republic

The Technomag-CIP rider will start Sunday’s Moto2 race at Brno from pole position, with Iannone, Elías and Rolfo also on the front row.

Shoya Tomizawa’s second pole position of the season was achieved on Saturday as the Japanese rider set the fastest lap time in qualifying for the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic. A time of 2’03.452 was enough to see the Technomag-CIP man 0.232s clear of the rest of the competition.

Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) was the next fastest as he took his fifth front-row start of the season having been on pole for the three previous rounds, and Championship leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing) and Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR) will also launch their races from the front row after finishing the session with the third and fourth best times respectively.

Aiming for strong results from the second row of the grid will be Yuki Takahashi (Tech3 Racing), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) and Arne Tode (Racing Team Germany), with Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) completing the top ten. It was a season’s best qualification to date for the young Brit.

Currently second in the Championship, Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) will start from 13th position having qualified just over a second off Tomizawa’s pace. Home rider Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) suffered the misfortune of two crashes and ended 34th overall, and 17th placed Raffaele De Rosa (Tech3 Racing) was another faller towards the end of the session.


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