24 August 2013
Czech Moto2, Brno: Nakagami pole as Redding struggles
Takaaki Nakagami is in pole position after Saturday's qualifying session in the Czech Republic for the Brno Moto2 Grand Prix.
By Lisa Lewis
Takaaki Nakagami sorted out chatter issues, then put in a fast late lap to claim his second Moto2 pole of the season at Brno on Saturday.
The Italtrans rider, who took his first pole at Le Mans, will be aiming for his third podium of the season on Sunday and feels he can fight for a debut win.
For most of the session the pole battle had been between the Tuenti HP 40 team-mates, Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat, with Espargaro looking to reduce Scott Redding's championship lead from second on the grid.
Both he and the Marc VDS-bound Rabat set the same time on their Pons machines - 2m 02.599s - with Espargaro being awarded the second spot on the grid due to his next best lap time.
It is a big chance for Espargaro as his main rival for the Moto2 title Redding could only manage to set the 13th fastest time from which to defend his 26 point lead after a difficult weekend for the Briton.
Mika Kallio out-performed his Marc VDS team-mate to head up the second row in fourth.
Completing an all-Kalex top five was Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese, the Dynavolt Intact GP rider scored his best qualifying since moving up to Moto2, with his fifth beating his previous best of ninth on the grid.
Also making the second row was the first of five Suters, the Aspar of Jordi Torres in sixth.
Seventh spot went to Came Iodaracing rider Johann Zarco, with Tom Luthi once again showing good pace at Brno, second last season and a previous winner at the Czech track in his 125cc days, he qualifies eighth for the Interwetten Paddock team.
Nico Terol, a double winner when in the lightweight class at Brno, sits in ninth for despite a late crash for Mapfre Aspar while Dominique Aegerter completes the top ten qualifiers for Technomag carXpert.
Just missing out in eleventh was Maptaq SAG Zelos rider Marcel Schrotter ahead of the highest qualifying British rider Danny Kent, who looks to have turned a corner with the Tech3 bike after finishing the morning practice session in fifth, he starts from twelfth on the grid – one place ahead of Redding.
Gino Rea has a wild-card ride for the Brno round aboard his FTR-powered Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing bike, the Londoner starts from 29th position.
Dani Rivas, replacing Briton Kyle Smith at Blusens Avintia, finished qualifying in 30th.
There was an early crash for QMMF's Any West with gravel flying out of the exhaust, and for wild-card rider Lucas Mahias on the Promoto Sport Transfiormers bike.
Also hitting the gravel were Technomag carXpert's Randy Krummenacher who crashed twice and Pons rider Axel Pons.
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