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Moto2: Marquez takes Estoril pole

Championship leader Marc Marquez leads the way for pole in the Moto2 Grand Prix at Estoril, with Thomas Luthi a close second and Britain's Scott Redding completing the front row.
By Lisa Lewis

World championship leader Marc Marquez made it two Moto2 poles in a row with a confident qualifying display at the Estoril circuit in Portugal on Saturday.

The CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider topped the time sheets with 1:40.934 with Swiss rider Thomas Luthi just 0.1 seconds behind in a close Moto2 qualifying session.

Marc VDS Kalex rider Scott Redding continued his good form by qualifying in third, his first front row start since the Aragon grand prix last year.

Redding has finished sixth and fourth so far this season, however this is the first time he has qualified inside the top ten in 2012.

French rookie Johann Zarco remains impressive while making the tricky move up from 125cc racing last year, finishing the session fifth for JiR and Motobi, despite going off track in the uphill section with ten minutes remaining.

Jerez race winner Pol Espargaro qualifies in fifth for the HP Tuenti Pons team on the Kalex while in sixth Andrea Iannone appears to have found the form which saw him finish second in the Qatar season opener for the Speed Master Speed Up team.

Julian Simon seems to now be seeing the benefits of his chassis change to Suter from FTR qualifying seventh for the Blusens team, while a resurgent Toni Elias qualifies his Suter eighth for the Mapfre Aspar team.

Alex De Angelis held on to ninth after spinning out on the Forward Racing machine with just two minutes to go. A last lap dash saw Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter jump up the rankings to complete the top 10.

Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami crashed late on demoting him to just outside the top ten, in eleventh while French speed up rider Di Meglio also crashed in the closing seconds of the session, but still finished 14th.

British hope Bradley Smith still has work to do putting the Tech 3 13th on the grid, while being just 0.7 seconds off the lead time of Marquez, while fellow Brit Gino Rea finds himself in 25th on the Moriwaki.


1. Marc Marquez SPA (Suter) 1m 40.934s
2. Thomas Luthi SWI (Suter) 1m 41.054s
3. Scott Redding GBR (Kalex) 1m 41.278s
4. Johann Zarco FRA (MotoBI) 1m 41.311s
5. Pol Espargaro SPA (Kalex) 1m 41.424s
6. Andrea Iannone ITA (Speed Up) 1m 41.461s
7. Julian Simon SPA (Suter) 1m 41.469s
8. Toni Elias SPA (Suter) 1m 41.504s
9. Alex De Angelis RSM (Suter) 1m 41.536s
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI (Suter) 1m 41.539s
11. Takaaki Nakagami JPN (Kalex) 1m 41.636s
12. Ricard Cardus SPA (AJR) 1m 41.671s
13. Bradley Smith GBR (Tech 3) 1m 41.733s
14. Mike Di Meglio FRA (Speed Up) 1m 41.815s
15. Nicolas Terol SPA (Suter) 1m 41.841s

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May 06, 2012 1:21 AM

Marquez - 63 GPs 18 wins Vinales - 18 GPs 5 wins Bradl - 89 GPs 7 wins Smith - 98 GPs - 3 wins Redding - 69 GPs - 1 win On track at the moment Redding looks far better than Smith but compared to the 3 above, neither have much of a CV. Must agree about Smith's promised seat next year. There must be something we have missed. Is it his squeaky voice?

This is going to be a great race. I would love Redding to get a win. I hope Crazy Joe can get to the front and battle with Marquez. See if Luthi can get one back on Marquez. Smith not in the top ten???? If he finishes in a similar position then we might get a blog from Redding instead.

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