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Pirro on pole in rain hindered qualifying, Bradl claims Moto2 title

 Pirro on pole in rain hindered qualifying, Bradl claims Moto2 title

Gresini Team’s Michele Pirro set the fastest lap in the first dry ten minutes of the intermediate class qualifying at the Valencia circuit, with Stefan Bradl posting the fourth quickest time before rain began to fall.

Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Stefan Bradl set the fourth fastest time just before the rain flag came out, and with Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) not participating in the GP on Sunday, the German rider officially claims the 2011 Moto2 Championship title.

Pirro’s team mate Yuki Takahashi claimed the second spot on the grid, thus giving the Gresini Team the top two spots on the Moto2 grid, a serendipitous and fitting QP result for a weekend full of tributes to the fallen MotoGP Gresini Team rider Marco Simoncelli. The two were separated by just 0.009s, with the Italian setting the session leading lap of 1'37.067.

Most of the field elected to sit out for the remainder of the session, which remained as it was before rain soaked the track, with Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing) taking third position with a lap four tenths behind Takahashi. Bradl in fourth was three tenths off Kallio, with Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) in fifth ahead of Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2).

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), Xavier Simeon (Tech 3 B) and Mike di Meglio (Tech 3 Racing) comprise row three, with Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) completing the top ten ahead of Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing).


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