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British Moto2 : Nakagami beats Redding to Silverstone pole
31 August 2013 By Lisa Lewis
Takaaki Nakagami dominated for his third Moto2 pole of the season in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday.
The Italtrans rider, who was also on pole last weekend in Brno, will be hoping to translate that into a career first victory on Sunday which he feels ready to fight for after having to settle for second place in the last two Grand Prix.
The lap record had already taken a beating in the practice sessions, with the improving weather and machinery both playing a part, with it the Japanese rider dropping it further to a 2m 07.039 in qualifying.
Just 0.039 adrift is British championship leader Scott Redding, who felt that putting the Marc VDS back closer to the settings they had used earlier in the year had help with the issues from recent races, leaving him able to fight for a home win.
It is an impressive eighth front row start from eleven qualifying sessions for the 20-year-old.
The tightly contested final few minutes saw the flying Frenchman Johann Zarco steal third, the Came Iodaracing Project rider having shown his cards by being fastest in Saturday's practice session.
Zarco is also the fastest Suter joining the Kalex machines of Nakagami and Redding on the front row.
Tito Rabat had trouble finding pace through the final sector of the track putting him in fourth for the Tuenti HP 40 Team, their best placed rider.
Joining him on the second row is Tom Luthi who had front end issues with his Interwetten Paddock bike in fifth and Rabat's Pons team-mate Pol Espargaro.
Espargaro is one of many riders to be carrying a bug after three race weekends in a row, and gives a big advantage to title rival Redding by starting from sixth on the grid.
Redding can hope for a helping hand from his team-mate Mika Kallio who lines up next in seventh for Marc VDS.
Dominique Aegerter will be looking for his 27th consecutive points finish from eighth for Technomag carXpert.
Xavier Simeon celebrated his 24th birthday with ninth a place qualifying position for the Maptaq SAG Zelos team.
Jordi Torres completes the top ten fastest riders for The Aspar Moto2 team.
Gino Rea is wild-card racing again for his home Grand Prix and pushed his Montaze Broz FTR to an impressive 20th on the grid.
There was an early crash for the Italtrans of Julian Simon, then Danny Kent parked his Tech3 in the gravel with 28 minutes remaining, flames appearing from the bike as he walked away. This left him qualifying down in 27th .
Class rookie Sandro Cortese also fell, his bike headed into the pits with a missing footpeg, Ant West crashed moments later.