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Confident Redding sweeps to Italian pole

Confident Redding sweeps to Italian pole

Moto2™ championship leader Scott Redding will start on pole position for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider will share Sunday’s front row with Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami and Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrotter, who achieves a career-best qualifying result.

Englishman Redding sealed the top spot - and his second pole, after Texas - with a best effort of 1’52.958, edging out Japan’s Nakagami who maintains his 100% front row record for 2013. German Schrotter was highly pleased with third position, having first contested a World Championship race in the 125 class in 2008.

Row 2 will be made up of Johann Zarco, Nico Terol and Esteve Rabat for Came Iodaracing Project, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 and Tuenti HP 40 respectively, but there was much frustration for Rabat’s teammate Pol Espargaro who had topped final practice but at the end of qualifying was bumped right down to tenth place.

Between Rabat and Espargaro, who fell together at the last Grand Prix in France, will be Le Mans podium finisher Xavier Simeon (7th, Desguaces La Torre Maptaq), Alex de Angelis (8th, NGM Mobile Forward Racing) and Jordi Torres (9th, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2). There was a double fall during this session for Mattia Pasini and Louis Rossi, leaving the NGM Mobile Racing and Tech 3 riders 19th and 24th quickest.

The Moto2™ Gran Premio d’Italia TIM begins at 12:20pm local time (GMT +2) on Sunday, being decided over the course of 21 laps. Last year’s race was won by home rider Andrea Iannone, who has since progressed to the top MotoGP™ class.


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