By Lisa Lewis

Moto2 title leader Scott Redding took his third pole position of the season in a tense Moto2 qualifying at The Brickyard, where there was less than one-second between his top time and 20th position.

After a brief altercation with championship rival Pol Espargaro, Redding got the hammer down and timed his final lap to perfection.

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"Pol was following me and I definitely didn't want to tow him round to a quicker time than me," said Redding. "I wanted to do my lap on my own so the only option I had was to ride through the pits. I was cutting it a bit fine because the pit lane is quite long here but I just got my head down and went for it and nailed a great lap."

The last time the British rider out-qualified his Spanish rival was Mugello, a race he went on to win.

Pons Kalex rider Espargaro, who still has some pain to deal with after his practice crash on Friday, placed second as the battle for pole heated up in the closing stages, placing the main championship riders together on the front row after being separated by just 0.027 on the timesheets.

Joining them after sneaking third is Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami, making for Kalex filled front row.

Fourth went to Espargaro's team-mate Tito Rabat, who has spent the summer break recovering from the two breaks in his foot he sustained in his fall at the Sachsenring.

He is joined on row two by Simone Corsi, who had topped Friday's times. The Italian is the highest placed Speed Up rider after qualifying in fifth.

Nico Terol sits in sixth as the top Suter rider after a session long tussle with his Aspar team-mate Jordi Torres, winner of Moto2 last outing in Germany.

Terol will have high hopes of a good result after winning Moto2's previous US round in Austin, he is also a three-time 125cc winner at Indy.

Torres looked for improvements late on by following an improving Randy Krummenacher, bashing into the Technomag rider near the line, leading to words between the pair after the flag. The Swiss rider ended the afternoon in 17th.

Eighth went to Maptaq SAG Zelos rider Marcel Schrotter, despite problems earlier in the session when mechanics had trouble getting the bike to start.

Julian Simon made it a good session for the Italtrans team giving them two bikes inside the top ten, with an ever improving Sandro Cortese just behind for the Dynavolt Intact GP team.

Tom Luthi looked capable of qualifying higher up the order but was knocked off his Interwetten Paddock bike by Forward Racing's Ricky Cardus, leaving the Swiss rider in 14th.

American wild-card rider James Rispoli starts from 29th for GP Tech aboard a Mistral

The returning Kyle Smith found the Indy learning curve tough and placed 28th for Blusens Avintia and behind fellow Briton Danny Kent who qualified in 20th place for Tech3.