2011 Jerez Moto2: Qualifying Results

Stefan Bradl Moto2

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Moto2 World Championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing-Kalex) matched MotoGP’s Casey Stoner’s performance of two pole positions from two races.

The young German – son of former Honda 250 GP hotshot Helmut Bradl who started the 1991 Jerez 250 GP from pole – dominated the Jerez qualifying session just as he had ruled both qualifying and racing in Qatar.

With five minutes to go in qualifying for the Spanish Grand prix, he was just two hundredths ahead of Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2-Suter) when he rode a scintillating lap to put himself almost six tenths ahead – a huge advantage in this ultra-close, Honda-powered series.

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing Moto2-Moriwaki) did his best to make inroads into Bradl’s advantage during the final stages and his efforts were very nearly rewarded, the Japanese rider coming within 0.282 seconds of pole to move him into second. It was an impressive performance considering that Takahashi had a big tumble yesterday morning.

A few minutes earlier a brave bid for pole by Moto2 rookie Marc Marquez (Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol-Suter) had also ended in the gravel trap. The reigning 125 World Champion lost the front going into Turn One, his machine sustaining too much damage to complete the session. Nevertheless, Marquez had already done enough to lead the second row, 0.626 seconds off Bradl.

Swiss rider Luthi, as usual, went about his business in a quiet and determined fashion, focusing very much on race pace, while still doing enough to squeeze in a very quick qualifying lap. The former 125 World Champion ended up third fastest, 0.582 seconds down on pole.

Row two was completed by impressive British rookie Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing-Tech 3) and 250 and Moto2 race winner Alex De Angelis (JIR Moto2-Motobi).

Moto2 rider quotes

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing-Kalex: pole position – 1m 42.706s) says: “Everything is working so well at the moment – I’m very happy. The team has done a great job here, just as they did in Qatar. We improved a lot here, which hasn’t been easy because of the wind yesterday.

“This morning we found something in the settings that worked really well. The bike is a great package at the moment and the tyres were good too. The difficult thing was trying to find a clear track – everyone was waiting for me, trying to follow me for a good lap. We don’t know what the weather will do tomorrow but we are as well prepared as we can be.”

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing Moto2-Moriwaki: 2nd – 1m 42.988s) says: “We had a good test here during the winter, but then at the start of this weekend I crashed yesterday morning and the bike was a mess. Yesterday afternoon we tried hard to come back from this problem and now we get a strong position. The team has worked very hard to get this far and I think I can do a good race for them tomorrow.”

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2-Suter: 3rd – 1m 43.288s) says: “First of all, we hope the weather is okay for tomorrow. The forecast looks like rain, which would be a bit of a disaster after two days of dry practice, but it will be the same for everyone. I think we have done a good job here so far. We have a good race pace, so I think we are well prepared.”

Pole position : 1m42.706s (155.032Km/h) Stefan Bradl, Viessman Kiefer Racing-Kalex, 2010

Circuit record lap : 1m44.710s (152.065Km/h) Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini, 2010

Circuit Best Lap : 1m42.706s (155.032Km/h) Stefan Bradl, Viessman Kiefer Racing-Kalex, 2010

2011 Jerez Moto2 Qualifying Results:

1.Stefan Bradl1m42.706sGERHONDAViessman Kiefer Racing
2.Yuki Takahashi+0.282sJAPHONDAGresini Racing Moto2
3.Thomas Luthi+0.582sSWIHONDAInterwetten Paddock M2 Racing
4.Marc Marquez+0.626sESPHONDACatalunya Caixa Repsol
5.Bradley Smith+0.794sGBRHONDATech 3 Racing
6.Alex De Angelis+0.907sSMRHONDAJiR Moto2
7.Michele Pirro+0.909sITAHONDAGresini Racing Moto2
8.Aleix Espargaro+0.970sESPHONDAPons Racing
9.Claudio Corti+0.981sITAHONDAItaltrans Racing Team
10.Julian Simon+1.060sSPAHONDAMapfre Aspar Team
11.Andrea Iannone+1.076sITAHONDASpeed Master
12.Kenan Sofuoglu+1.154sTURHONDATechnomag-CIP
13.Scott Redding+1.191sGBRHONDAMarc VDS Racing Team
14.Mika Kallio+1.229sFINHONDAMarc VDS Racing Team
15.Dominique Aegerter+1.318sSWIHONDATechnomag-CIP
16.Jules Cluzel+1.348sFRAHONDAForward Racing
17.Valentin Debise+1.381sFRAHONDASpeed Up
18.Simone Corsi+1.482sITAHONDAIoda Racing Project
19.Ricard Cardus+1.669sSPAHONDAQMMF Racing Team
20.Axel Pons+1.772sSPAHONDAPons Racing
21.Esteve Rabat+1.815sESPHONDABlusens-STX
22.Yonny Hernandez+1.826sCOLHONDABlusens-STX
23.Alex Baldolini+1.887sITAHONDAForward Racing
24.Kev Coghlan+1.931sGBRHONDAMotorsport 69
25.Kenny Noyes+1.942sUSAHONDAAvintia-STX
26.Javier Fores+1.986sSPAHONDAMapfre Aspar Team
27.Pol Espargaro+2.016sESPHONDAHP Tuenti Speed Up
28.Randy Krummenacher+2.049sSWIHONDAGP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing
29.Mike De Meglio+2.215sFRAHONDATech 3 Racing
30.Anthony West+2.331sAUSHONDAMZ Racing
31.Ratthapark Wilairot+2.397sTHAHONDAThai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
32.Xavier Simeon+2.452sGERHONDARTL Sport
33.Raffaele De Rosa+2.464sITAHONDAG22 Racing Team
34.Mattia Pasini+2.478sITAHONDAIoda Racing Project
35.Robertino Pietri+2.608sVENHONDAItaltrans Racing Team
36.Max Neukirchner+2.872sGERHONDAMZ Racing
37.Santiago Hernandez+2.907sCOLHONDAThai Honda PTT Singha-SAG
38.Steven Odendaal+3.636sRSAHONDAMS Racing
39.Mashel Al Naimi+4.190sQATHONDAQMMF Racing Team