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De Angelis beats Redding to pole

Alex de Angelis, Phillip Island 2010Alex de Angelis took his first Moto2 pole position at Phillip Island, denying Scott Redding his own maiden pole in the final moments.

Redding, who has missed out on pole at the last minute several times this year, seemed certain to secure the top spot on this occasion as he took the provisional top spot once the field switched to slicks mid-session, and then repeatedly improved his pace.

Andrea Iannone looked like he might manage to pip Redding, only to have a fall, and with the rain appearing set to return, Marc VDS Suter rider Redding looked assured of pole.

However the rain held off, and de Angelis (JiR Motobi) dodged through the traffic to set a 1m35.148s and beat Redding by 0.2 seconds as the flag came out.

Stefan Bradl returned to the front row in third on the Kiefer Suter, alongside Aspar Suter's Mike di Meglio, who took his best start of the season in fourth.

Iannone recovered from his incident with nothing worse than a muddy Speed Up and proceeded to qualify fifth, ahead of Julian Simon (Aspar).

Champion Toni Elias (Gresini Moriwaki) struggled to get a lap in when the track was dry, and only salvaged ninth late on, while last week's winner Roby Rolfo crashed and tumbled to 25th place.

The session started out wet following the shower at the end of MotoGP qualifying, and Australian Superbike rider Wayne Maxwell impressed on his debut for Matteoni Racing in the conditions - taking provisional pole for a while before everyone switched to slicks. He was quick in the dry too and will start from 11th place.

Pos  Rider                Bike         Time       Gap
 1.  Alex de Angelis      Motobi       1m35.148s
 2.  Scott Redding        Suter        1m35.378s  + 0.230s
 3.  Stefan Bradl         Suter        1m35.578s  + 0.430s
 4.  Mike di Meglio       Suter        1m35.696s  + 0.548s
 5.  Andrea Iannone       Speed Up     1m35.870s  + 0.722s
 6.  Julian Simon         Suter        1m35.883s  + 0.735s
 7.  Michael Ranseder     Suter        1m35.935s  + 0.787s
 8.  Raffaele de Rosa     Tech 3       1m36.091s  + 0.943s
 9.  Toni Elias           Moriwaki     1m36.105s  + 0.957s
10.  Karel Abraham        FTR          1m36.133s  + 0.985s
11.  Wayne Maxwell        Moriwaki     1m36.146s  + 0.998s
12.  Thomas Luthi         Moriwaki     1m36.212s  + 1.064s
13.  Hector Faubel        Suter        1m36.243s  + 1.095s
14.  Simone Corsi         Motobi       1m36.245s  + 1.097s
15.  Fonsi Nieto          Moriwaki     1m36.304s  + 1.156s
16.  Claudio Corti        Suter        1m36.319s  + 1.171s
17.  Jules Cluzel         Suter        1m36.326s  + 1.178s
18.  Axel Pons            Pons Kalex   1m36.348s  + 1.200s
19.  Yuki Takahashi       Tech 3       1m36.389s  + 1.241s
20.  Alex Baldolini       ICP          1m36.392s  + 1.244s
21.  Alex Debon           FTR          1m36.448s  + 1.300s
22.  Gabor Talmacsi       Speed Up     1m36.515s  + 1.367s
23.  Anthony West         MZ           1m36.719s  + 1.571s
24.  Yonny Hernandez      BQR          1m36.775s  + 1.627s
25.  Roberto Rolfo        Suter        1m36.840s  + 1.692s
26.  Dominique Aegerter   Suter        1m37.169s  + 2.021s
27.  Ratthapark Wilairot  Bimota       1m37.229s  + 2.081s
28.  Sergio Gadea         Pons Kalex   1m37.335s  + 2.187s
29.  Javier Fores         Bimota       1m37.373s  + 2.225s
30.  Valentin Debise      ADV          1m37.634s  + 2.486s
31.  Vladimir Ivanov      Moriwaki     1m37.798s  + 2.650s
32.  Robertino Pietri     Suter        1m38.129s  + 2.981s
33.  Alexander Cudlin     BQR          1m38.422s  + 3.274s
34.  Kazuki Watanabe      Suter        1m38.781s  + 3.633s
35.  Kenny Noyes          Promoharris  1m38.835s  + 3.687s
36.  Joan Olive           Promoharris  1m39.318s  + 4.170s
37.  Yannick Guerra       Moriwaki     1m40.095s  + 4.947s
38.  Mashel Al Naimi      BQR          1m40.274s  + 5.126s
39.  Hiromichi Kunikawa   Bimota       1m41.716s  + 6.568s
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