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Bradl grabs Moto2 pole before rain

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
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