Bradl On Pole As Marquez Falters

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Stefan Bradl took his second consecutive pole position at the start of the 2011 Moto2 season after a commanding performance at Jerez.

The German held top spot for the majority of the session, with one of his biggest threats disappearing eight minutes from the end.

Marc Marquez, who was only 0.065seconds down on pole-man Bradl after briefly sneaking ahead of him, lost control of the Suter at turn one as he started another flyer. With the bike too badly damaged to continue, this left him unable to mount a challenge to Bradl, who improved to a 1:42.706.

This time proved untouchable but Yuki Takahashi came closer than anyone. The Japanese rider managed to get to within a quarter of a second of the pole time, and was the only other rider in the 1:42s.

Thomas Luthi seemed most likely to challenge the championship leader this weekend after showing good pace through free practice, and the Swiss rider will complete the front row.

Marquez held on to fourth but one of the stars of qualifying was Bradley Smith once again. After qualifying a stunning seventh in Qatar, the 20-year-0old from Oxford went even better this time around. He will join his former 125cc rival on the second row in fifth.

Alex de Angelis will be a threat on race day after qualifying sixth while Michele Pirro completed a satisfying day for Gresini Racing with seventh.

Two of last year's Moto2 front runners are lurking on the fourth row. Julian Simon will start tenth while Andrea Iannone, runner-up in Qatar, will start next to him in eleventh.

Scott Redding had a disrupted session after an early accident, leaving him stuck in the garage with his bike undergoing repairs. He made it back out late on but could only manage 13th.

Scot Kev Coghlan will be happy after qualifying on the eighth row, a solid improvement on his performance in Qatar. The Aeroport de Castello rider did reach 15th at one point, but 24th is a very creditable result.

South African wildcard Steven Odendaal produced some extraordinary control, as he somehow hung on to the bike after running wide at Ferrari corner. After two crashes already in the weekend, the rookie will be relieved just to be starting the race from 38th.

Stefan Bradl will start from the very front though, and he will look to convert two straight poles into two straight wins when the Moto2 action begins at 11:15 BST on Sunday.

Qualifying Result

Pos Rider Team Lap Time Gap
1 Stefan Bradl Viessman Kiefer Racing 1:42.706  
2 Yuki Takahashi Gresini Racing Moto2 1:42.988 +0.282
3 Thomas Luthi Interwetten Paddock Moto2 1:43.288 +0.582
4 Marc Marquez Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol 1:43.332 +0.626
5 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Racing 1:43.500 +0.794
6 Alex de Angelis JIR Moto2 1:43.613 +0.907
7 Michele Pirro Gresini Racing Moto2 1:43.615 +0.909
8 Aleix Espargaro Pons HP 40 1:43.676 +0.970
9 Claudio Corti Italtrans Racing Team 1:43.687 +0.981
10 Julian Simon Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.766 +1.060
11 Andrea Iannone Speed Master 1:43.782 +1.076
12 Kenan Sofuoglu Technomag-CIP 1:43.860 +1.154
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Racing Team 1:43.897 +1.191
14 Mika Kallio Marc VDS Racing Team 1:43.935 +1.229
15 Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP 1:44.024 +1.318
16 Jules Cluzel Forward Racing 1:44.054 +1.348
17 Valentin Debise Speed Up 1:44.087 +1.371
18 Simone Corsi Ioda Racing Project 1:44.188 +1.482
19 Ricard Cardus QMMF Racing Team 1:44.375 +1.669
20 Axel Pons Pons HP 40 1:44.478 +1.772
21 Esteve Rabat Blusens-STX 1:44.521 +1.815
22 Yonny Hernandez Blusens-STX 1:44.532 +1.826
23 Alex Baldolini Forward Racing 1:44.593 +1.887
24 Kev Coghlan Aeroport de Castello 1:44.637 +1.931
25 Kenny Noyes Avintia-STX 1:44.648 +1.942
26 Javier Fores Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:44.692 +1.986
27 Pol Espargaro HP Tuenti Speed Up 1:44.722 +2.016
28 Randy Krummenacher GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing 1:44.755 +2.049
29 Mike Di Meglio Tech 3 Racing 1:44.921 +2.215
30 Anthony West MZ Racing Team 1:45.037 +2.331
31 Ratthapark Wilairot Thai Honda Singha SAG 1:45.103 +2.397
32 Xavier Simeon Tech 3 B 1:45.158 +2.452
33 Raffaele de Rosa Desguaces La Torre G22 1:45.170 +2.464
34 Mattia Pasini Ioda Racing Project 1:45.184 +2.478
35 Robertino Pietri Italtrans Racing Team 1:45.314 +2.608
36 Max Neukirchner MZ Racing Team 1:45.578 +2.872
37 Santiago Hernandez SAG Team 1:45.613 +2.907
38 Steven Odendaal MS Racing 1:46.342 +3.636
39 Mashel Al Naimi QMMF Racing Team 1:46.896 +4.190
40 Lukasz Wargala Desguaces La Torre G22 1:48.892 +6.186
107% Time: 1:49.895
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