Bradl grabs Moto2 pole before rain
|By Matt Beer||Friday, June 24th 2011, 14:00 GMT|
Runaway Moto2 championship leader Stefan Bradl took his 2011 tally to six poles from seven races in a wet session at Assen.
The rain held off for long enough for all the frontrunners to get at least one flying lap in, but then fell with a vengeance - leaving no chance for anyone to set any quick times in the majority of the session.
Kiefer rider Bradl had managed to put in a 1m39.305s by that time, which gave him the top spot by 0.3 seconds over 125cc champion Marc Marquez. Simone Corsi completed the front row, having briefly held provisional pole before Bradl assumed his usual position.
Tom Luthi, Yuki Takahashi and Aleix Espargaro were next up, with Kenan Sofuoglu, Scott Redding, Michele Pirro and Bradley Smith rounding out the top 10.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Stefan Bradl Kiefer Kalex 1m39.305s 2. Marc Marquez Catalunya Suter 1m39.600s + 0.295s 3. Simone Corsi Ioda FTR 1m39.700s + 0.395s 4. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter 1m39.844s + 0.539s 5. Yuki Takahashi Gresini Moriwaki 1m39.890s + 0.585s 6. Aleix Espargaro Pons Kalex 1m39.962s + 0.657s 7. Kenan Sofuoglu Technomag-CIP Suter 1m40.123s + 0.818s 8. Scott Redding Marc VDS Suter 1m40.149s + 0.844s 9. Michele Pirro Gresini Moriwaki 1m40.234s + 0.929s 10. Bradley Smith Tech 3 1m40.238s + 0.933s 11. Pol Espargaro Speed Up FTR 1m40.469s + 1.164s 12. Mike di Meglio Tech 3 1m40.550s + 1.245s 13. Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP Suter 1m40.647s + 1.342s 14. Xavier Simeon Tech 3 1m40.726s + 1.421s 15. Claudio Corti Italtrans Suter 1m40.744s + 1.439s 16. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Suter 1m40.804s + 1.499s 17. Randy Krummenacher Kiefer Kalex 1m40.925s + 1.620s 18. Mattia Pasini Ioda FTR 1m40.985s + 1.680s 19. Esteve Rabat Blusens FTR 1m41.036s + 1.731s 20. Anthony West MZ 1m41.068s + 1.763s 21. Yonny Hernandez Blusens FTR 1m41.211s + 1.906s 22. Alex de Angelis JIR Motobi 1m41.364s + 2.059s 23. Jules Cluzel Forward Suter 1m41.536s + 2.231s 24. Javier Fores Aspar Suter 1m41.564s + 2.259s 25. Andrea Iannone Speed Master Suter 1m41.642s + 2.337s 26. Kenny Noyes Avintia-STX FTR 1m41.732s + 2.427s 27. Ratthapark Wilairot SAG FTR 1m41.739s + 2.434s 28. Alex Baldolini Forward Suter 1m41.908s + 2.603s 29. Santiago Hernandez SAG FTR 1m41.931s + 2.626s 30. Kev Coghlan Castello FTR 1m42.077s + 2.772s 31. Ricard Cardus QMMF Moriwaki 1m42.160s + 2.855s 32. Carmelo Morales G22 Moriwaki 1m42.308s + 3.003s 33. Michael van der Mark EAB Ten Kate 1m42.565s + 3.260s 34. Axel Pons Pons Kalex 1m42.682s + 3.377s 35. Valentin Debise Speed Up FTR 1m42.908s + 3.603s 36. Robertino Pietri Italtrans Suter 1m43.200s + 3.895s 37. Steven Odendaal MS Suter 1m44.240s + 4.935s 38. Mashel Al Naimi QMMF Moriwaki 1m44.282s + 4.977s 39. Max Neukirchner MZ 1m53.043s + 13.738s 40. Elena Rosell Aspar Suter