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Moto2: Espargaro on pole at Silverstone

Pol Espargaro takes his first ever Moto2 Pole during Saturday's qualifying session for round six, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.Iannone is second while Briton's Redding and Smith qualify third and fourth.
By Lisa Lewis

Rain and Strong wind greeted the start of the Moto2 qualifying session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the riders fought hard against the blustery conditions for the whole session, despite this Pol Espargaro still managed a lap of 2:08.011 with 13 minutes to go, a new circuit record in the class.

Espargaro, who had dominated the practice sessions on his Pons HP 40 Tuenti Kalex while carrying a sprained ankle from his Catalunya battle with Marc Marquez, is joined on tomorrows front row by Andrea Iannone who moved his Speed Master into second late in the session.

In third is Scott Redding, who led for the early part of qualifying and for a long time looked set for his first ever pole, he also had his last lap cancelled as he ran wide after Luthi had a moment right in front of him.

Fellow British rider Bradley Smith made a late dash for the front row on his Tech 3 machine, but was pushed back to fourth by Iannone's late lap.

Marc Marquez, who had a big crash in the morning session on his CatalunyaCaixa Respol Suter, qualified fifth after a quiet session by his standards, while Claudio Corti was impressive in the latter stages, qualifying sixth for the Italtrans Racing team, completing the second row.

Championship leader Tom Luthi finds himself down in seventh after pushing hard in the closing minutes resulted in a big wobble on his Interwetten-Paddock Suter bike, while Frenchman Johann Zarco qualifies eighth For the JiR Moto2 Team and a last lap effort put Alex DeAngelis ninth for Forward racing.

Italian Simone Corsi completes the top ten for the Came IodaRacing project.

Gino Rea enjoyed his best Moto2 qualifying to date on the Federal Oil Gresini Suter finishing qualifying in 14th place.

During the session there were crashes for Max Neukirchner, Tito Rabat, Takaaki Nakagami and Julian Simon.

JiR's Eric Granado, who is now the youngest rider ever in an intermediate class at 16 years and 7 days, finished his first ever qualifying down in 33rd, he will be the first Brazilian to start an intermediate class race since the Rio Grand Prix in 2001.

Qualifying:

1. Pol Espargaro SPA (Kalex) 2m 8.011s
2. Andrea Iannone ITA (Speed Up) 2m 8.396s
3. Scott Redding GBR (Kalex) 2m 8.616s
4. Bradley Smith GBR (Tech 3) 2m 8.844s
5. Marc Marquez SPA (Suter) 2m 8.864s
6. Claudio Corti ITA (Kalex) 2m 8.883s
7. Thomas Luthi SWI (Suter) 2m 9.120s
8. Johann Zarco FRA (MotoBI) 2m 9.353s
9. Alex De Angelis RSM (Suter) 2m 9.639s
10. Simone Corsi ITA (FTR) 2m 9.776s
11. Dominique Aegerter SWI (Suter) 2m 9.801s
12. Randy Krummenacher SWI (Kalex) 2m 9.830s
13. Roberto Rolfo ITA (Suter) 2m 9.994s
14. Gino Rea GBR (Suter) 2m 10.077s
15. Mike Di Meglio FRA (Speed Up) 2m 10.080s



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oddyMob - Unregistered

June 16, 2012 5:28 PM

Nice to see you didnt add Brad to that! Before all the haters come on you have to respect where he got the mistral. Just like Danny Webb compare his and Brads time to their teammates to put it into perspective Scott was superb, a bit of the Xaus in him, cant wait to see him on a bigger bike!

M1M - Unregistered

June 17, 2012 4:14 AM

Pleased to see Redding up there but Smith did an outstanding job to qualify just behind him on the much inferior Tech 3 bike, ahead of Marquez. As has been pointed out, you only have to look at the difference in places between team mates to see how much Smith is getting out what he's got. People who thought he was on equal machinery to Terol when they were team mates should have a look at where Terol is since he's moved up to Moto2 and no longer has a massive straight line speed advantage.



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