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Malaysian Moto2: Luthi Takes 1st Pole

2011 Moto2

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) clinched his first pole position in the Moto2 class at Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, beating Stefan Bradl and Michele Pirro, whilst Marc Márquez completed just two laps to ensure himself a spot on the grid.

Leading the field for the second time this weekend, 2005 125cc World Champion Lüthi took over the top spot from Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) with a lap of 2’07.512, a two-tenths margin over the Championship leader. Gresini Racing Moto2’s Pirro followed Bradl by two-tenths to clinch his best starting position of the season with third just before crashing out of the qualifying outing.

Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) posted a lap of 2’08.069 to land at the head of row two, with both Espargaró brothers following the Japanese rider, with junior Pol (HP Tuenti Speed Up) ahead of senior Aleix (Pons HP 40) by four-hundredths.

Completing the session in seventh with a best effort of 2’08.240 was Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing), with Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) joining the Finn on row three. Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) rounded out the top ten with a time nine-tenths off the pole time set by Lüthi.

Márquez, who had sat out both Friday afternoon’s second practice and Saturday morning’s third session as he continued to recover from his huge crash in FP1, did enough to qualify in 36th position. Just three points separate the Spaniard and Championship leader Bradl going into Sunday’s penultimate race of the season.

2011 Sepang Moto2: Qualifying Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Suter 264.3 2’07.512  
2. 65 Stefan BRADL GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Kalex 265.3 2’07.724 0.212 / 0.212
3. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 256.8 2’08.004 0.492 / 0.280
4. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 261.9 2’08.069 0.557 / 0.065
5. 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA HP Tuenti Speed Up FTR 260.5 2’08.107 0.595 / 0.038
6. 40 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pons HP 40 Pons Kalex 265.7 2’08.154 0.642 / 0.047
7. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 264.8 2’08.240 0.728 / 0.086
8. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Suter 260.7 2’08.319 0.807 / 0.079
9. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 263.9 2’08.412 0.900 / 0.093
10. 75 Mattia PASINI ITA Ioda Racing Project FTR 261.9 2’08.414 0.902 / 0.002
11. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM JIR Moto2 Motobi 263.9 2’08.417 0.905 / 0.003
12. 34 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX FTR 260.3 2’08.466 0.954 / 0.049
13. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Suter 264.1 2’08.520 1.008 / 0.054
14. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Ioda Racing Project FTR 263.3 2’08.549 1.037 / 0.029
15. 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 260.6 2’08.620 1.108 / 0.071
16. 13 Anthony WEST AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 257.1 2’08.714 1.202 / 0.094
17. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 261.2 2’08.855 1.343 / 0.141
18. 16 Jules CLUZEL FRA NGM Forward Racing Suter 267.3 2’08.934 1.422 / 0.079
19. 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU TUR Technomag-CIP Suter 260.1 2’09.015 1.503 / 0.081
20. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 260.2 2’09.087 1.575 / 0.072
21. 6 Joan OLIVE SPA Aeroport de Castello FTR 263.9 2’09.278 1.766 / 0.191
22. 35 Raffaele DE ROSA ITA NGM Forward Racing Suter 262.8 2’09.307 1.795 / 0.029
23. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 B Tech 3 259.5 2’09.315 1.803 / 0.008
24. 53 Valentin DEBISE FRA Speed Up FTR 258.0 2’09.382 1.870 / 0.067
25. 80 Axel PONS SPA Pons HP 40 Pons Kalex 266.9 2’09.472 1.960 / 0.090
26. 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ COL SAG Team FTR 259.8 2’09.625 2.113 / 0.153
27. 18 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 257.3 2’09.686 2.174 / 0.061
28. 87 Mohamad ZAMRI BABA MAL Petronas Malaysia Moriwaki 257.2 2’09.822 2.310 / 0.136
29. 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing Kalex 257.6 2’09.911 2.399 / 0.089
30. 9 Kenny NOYES USA Avintia-STX FTR 259.1 2’10.319 2.807 / 0.408
31. 39 Robertino PIETRI VEN Italtrans Racing Team Suter 258.4 2’10.348 2.836 / 0.029
32. 20 Ivan MORENO SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 262.5 2’10.875 3.363 / 0.527
33. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Blusens-STX FTR 255.2 2’11.022 3.510 / 0.147
34. 86 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Malaysia Moriwaki 259.2 2’11.388 3.876 / 0.366
35. 95 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 260.2 2’12.180 4.668 / 0.792
36. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 260.1 2’12.864 5.352 / 0.684
37. 23 Apiwat WONGTHANANON THA Thai Honda Singha SAG FTR 260.6 2’13.201 5.689 / 0.337
  38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3      
  88 Ricard CARDUS SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki    
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