By Lisa Lewis

Pol Espargaro has taken pole position aboard his Pons 40 HP Tuenti (Kalex) on Saturday in qualifying for the Czech Republic Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno in a session disjointed by rain and a red flag.

The Spaniards time of 2m 01.953 is his fourth pole of the season and third in a row, he also set a new lap record for the class.

After celebrating with a Usain Bolt pose he said in the press conference: "Here I feel so good... my confidence is incredible and we are making big steps", he also spoke of Indianapolis and the frustration of losing an additional five points to Marquez from being beaten to the race win and how he feels stronger with the bike this time around.

Tom Luthi qualified in second for Interwetten-Paddock, with Scott Redding in third - his first front row start since Silverstone - for Marc VDS.

Champioship leader Marc Marquez starts fourth on the CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter, only his second time starting off the front row all season. IodaRacing rider Simone Corsi finished the session in fifth. Andrea Iannone was sixth for Speed Master despite his involvement in the early crashes.

Takaaki Nakagami qualified seventh for Italtrans, with Nico Terol continuing to show improvements with Mapfre Aspar and the new Suter chassis in eighth, Dominique Aegerter's Technomag-CIP was ninth while Johann Zarco completed the top ten for JIR.

The session had been red-flagged with 36 minutes remaining for an oil spillage at turn 3.

A series of crashes took place at the corner for Elena Rosell, Andrea Iannone, Gino Rea and Axel Pons. Iannone had an intense conversation with the marshals as he wanted to return to the track and get to the pits with his bike, but was forced eventually to return without it.

Axel Pons still managed to qualify 11th for the Pons team with the time he set before his crash, as though his bike was fixed he didn't make a return to the track.

Less than ten minutes after the red flag rain arrived at the circuit forcing the riders back into the pits to rethink their strategy, Bradley Smith went out and went faster causing the other rider to take their chances. Smith eventually qualified down in 15th but ahead of his Tech3 team mate Simeon who was further down the finishers in 21st.

Forward Racing's Alex De Angelis had a fast crash with less than five minutes remaining but walked away after being narrowly avoided by Scott Redding. He qualified in 18th.

Brit Gino Rea will start from 26th tomorrow on the Federal Oil sponsored Gresini after waiting for his bike to be repaired from the early crash.

He had been fast all weekend and had been eighth in the third practice session in the morning, he won at the track last year while riding World Supersport.

Ricard Cardus and Max Neukirchner have both withdrawn from the race weekend through injury.

Qualifying:

1. Pol Espargaro SPA (Kalex) 2m 1.953s
2. Thomas Luthi SWI (Suter) 2m 2.235s
3. Scott Redding GBR (Kalex) 2m 2.239s
4. Marc Marquez SPA (Suter) 2m 2.342s
5. Simone Corsi ITA (FTR) 2m 2.838s
6. Andrea Iannone ITA (Speed Up) 2m 2.914s
7. Takaaki Nakagami JPN (Kalex) 2m 2.981s
8. Nicolas Terol SPA (Suter) 2m 3.128s
9. Dominique Aegerter SWI (Suter) 2m 3.130s
10. Johann Zarco FRA (MotoBI) 2m 3.142s
11. Axel Pons SPA (Kalex) 2m 3.159s
12. Mika Kallio FIN (Kalex) 2m 3.206s
13. Jordi Torres SPA (Suter) 2m 3.249s
14. Mike Di Meglio FRA (MZ-RE Honda) 2m 3.279s
15. Bradley Smith GBR (Tech 3) 2m 3.303s

Comments

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment