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Bradl Hits The Front Ahead Of Qualifying

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Stefan Bradl sent out a message to his Moto2 rivals by leading the way in the third free practice session for the Grand Prix of Spain.

The German took a dominant victory in Qatar two weeks ago and his lap time of 1:42.906 showed he was in top form again here.

Worryingly for his rivals, Bradl's flyer came in the first ten minutes of the session, and as riders poured out onto the track in the dying minutes, he remained at the top. His lead was whittled away by a number of different riders but in the end it was Spanish sensation Marc Marquez who took second, 0.404 behind.

The 125cc Champion left it late as he didn't trouble the top ten until the last couple of minutes. First he went 11th, before finding six tenths of a second on his next two laps to take P2.

Friday pacesetters Thomas Luthi and Yuki Takahashi were third and fourth, proving their capability of challenging for pole, while local boy Julian Simon was fifth, just 0.101 behind Marquez.

Claudio Corti was a surprise sixth, just ahead of fellow countryman Michele Pirro, who had been as high as fourth before the times tumbled.

Scott Redding was just outside the top ten in 11th, just 0.944 off the pace and will still feel he has a chance of a front row grid slot in qualifying.

Bradley Smith showed improved pace on Saturday after struggling yesterday. The Brit had set the fastest time before Luthi got up to speed. He dropped to 18th but will also feel there is more to come, as he set his best time early in the session. Kev Coghlan was 21st but found himself just one place behind Andrea Iannone, who has had a quiet start to the weekend.

Qualifying takes place at 14:10 BST, and promises to be a thrilling battle with several riders in the hunt for pole position.

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