Redding Takes Pole at Circuit of the Americas Moto2 Debut

Mark VDS Racing's Scott Redding
Mark VDS Racing's Scott Redding
Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding

2013 Austin Moto2 Qualifying Results from Circuit of the Americas

The Marc VDS Racing Team pilot who finished the opening round of Moto2 at Qatar two weeks ago, Scott Redding, secured Saturday the pole position for the Moto2 race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Redding, who also led the second free practice, though had some issues in the the first free practice, will be joined on the front row by Ilaltrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Najagami and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nicol Terol.

This was the first Moto2 pole for Redding, who sits second in the standings. He posted a 2:10.577 and was almost seventh tenths of a second quicker than Nakagami.

Terol, who achieved his first Moto2 front row, was just two hundredths of a second down on Nakagami as Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter rounded out the top five.

There was drama in the way of falls in the closing stages, as Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese and QMMF Racing Team’s Rafid Topan Sucipto fell simultaneously.

Just minutes later, Blusens Avintia’s Toni Elias saw his last lap go up in smoke as he also lost control. All three riders escaped injury, although Cortese, the reigning Moto3™ title-holder, was frustrated to be left 20th on the grid.

Pol Espargaro and Tuenti HP 40 had improved from seventh place on Friday to the top of the classification in final practice, but the Spaniard, suffering a lack of front-end grip, was knocked back down to his previous position in qualifying. He will start the race behind NGM Mobile Racing’s Simone Corsi.

Joining Espargaro on Row 3 will be Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio, as Julian Simon completed the first ten on the second Italtrans machine.

2013 Austin Moto2 Qualifying Results (Circuit of the Americas):

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
145Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex271.02’10.577
230Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex272.72’11.2660.689 / 0.689
318Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter275.52’11.2870.710 / 0.021
480Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex274.92’11.3830.806 / 0.096
577Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter272.52’11.6061.029 / 0.223
63Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up276.22’11.7251.148 / 0.119
740Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex275.62’11.8381.261 / 0.113
819Xavier SIMEONBELDesguaces La Torre MaptaqKalex271.92’11.8591.282 / 0.021
936Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex273.92’11.9251.348 / 0.066
1060Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex277.22’12.0011.424 / 0.076
1195Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up274.52’12.3411.764 / 0.340
1281Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter270.42’12.3461.769 / 0.005
1352Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3277.32’12.3991.822 / 0.053
1423Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGKalex272.32’12.5291.952 / 0.130
154Randy KRUMMENACHERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter273.62’12.5792.002 / 0.050
1624Toni ELIASSPABlusens AvintiaKalex272.92’12.7142.137 / 0.135
175Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter274.22’12.7572.180 / 0.043
1863Mike DI MEGLIOFRAJiR Moto2Motobi271.22’12.9862.409 / 0.229
199Kyle SMITHGBRBlusens AvintiaKalex274.92’13.0142.437 / 0.028
2011Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex278.22’13.0502.473 / 0.036
2149Axel PONSSPATuenti HP 40Kalex275.12’13.0942.517 / 0.044
2288Ricard CARDUSSPANGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up273.92’13.1212.544 / 0.027
2314Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter271.82’13.2292.652 / 0.108
2454Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up276.42’13.2952.718 / 0.066
2515Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up276.42’13.3822.805 / 0.087
2672Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaMoriwaki272.72’13.8633.286 / 0.481
2796Louis ROSSIFRATech 3Tech 3271.02’14.1083.531 / 0.245
2817Alberto MONCAYOSPAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up273.42’14.6494.072 / 0.541
297Doni Tata PRADITAINAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter273.22’14.8944.317 / 0.245
3044Steven ODENDAALRSAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up272.72’15.3214.744 / 0.427
3197Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up265.62’18.7928.215 / 3.471
12Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten PaddockSuter