Marc Marquez takes last-gasp Moto2 Indianapolis GP pole from Simone Corsi

Marc Marquez took a last-gasp pole position for the Moto2 Indianapolis by the smallest of margins from Simone Corsi in a thrilling qualifying session, while championship leader Stefan Bradl endured a disastrous afternoon

Corsi was the first man to pump in a really quick time in 1m44.259s with six minutes to go, but the Ioda Racing FTR rider was knocked back by the Team Catalunya Suter of Marquez two minutes later.

Both riders made one final attempt to secure the top spot as the chequered flag flew, with Corsi taking the top spot after picking up a tow from three bikes ahead of him down the start/finish straight.

But his joy turned to disappointment seconds later as Marquez's 1m44.038s lap knocked him from pole by just a thousandth of a second.

While Marquez took his fourth consecutive pole and his fifth of the season, second marked Corsi's best starting spot in Moto2.

Behind them Andrea Iannone took his best grid spot of the year in third on his Speed Master Suter while Britain's Bradley Smith was fourth for Tech 3 as three different chassis manufacturers appeared in the top four positions.

Thomas Luthi recovered from an early crash to leap up 10 places to fifth on his final lap and edge his Interwetten Suter just ahead of Mattia Pasini, who secured his own career-best performance in Moto2 on the second Ioda bike.

Pol Espargaro was a fine seventh on his Speed Up FTR while Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Suter), Esteve Rabat (Blusens FTR) and Alex de Angelis (JIR Motobi) completed the top 10.

Britain's Scott Redding briefly held pole with seven minutes to go, but the Marc VDS Suter man was bumped back to 11th by the end.

Championship leader Bradl was never in contention and will start the race from 22nd place. Chief among the Kiefer Racing rider's problems is that the Kalex chassis is not suited to the Indianapolis track - a point proven by Aleix Espargaro taking the best starting spot for a similar bike in 17th.

Pos  Rider                Team/Bike            Time       Gap

 1.  Marc Marquez         Catalunya Suter      1m44.038s
 2.  Simone Corsi         Ioda FTR             1m44.039s  + 0.001s
 3.  Andrea Iannone       Speed Master Suter   1m44.158s  + 0.120s
 4.  Bradley Smith        Tech 3               1m44.344s  + 0.306s
 5.  Thomas Luthi         Interwetten Suter    1m44.623s  + 0.585s
 6.  Mattia Pasini        Ioda FTR             1m44.732s  + 0.694s
 7.  Pol Espargaro        Speed Up FTR         1m44.785s  + 0.747s
 8.  Dominique Aegerter   Technomag-CIP Suter  1m44.794s  + 0.756s
 9.  Esteve Rabat         Blusens FTR          1m44.859s  + 0.821s
10.  Alex de Angelis      JIR Motobi           1m44.864s  + 0.826s
11.  Scott Redding        Marc VDS Suter       1m44.865s  + 0.827s
12.  Jules Cluzel         Forward Suter        1m45.043s  + 1.005s
13.  Michele Pirro        Gresini Moriwaki     1m45.047s  + 1.009s
14.  Ricard Cardus        QMMF Moriwaki        1m45.060s  + 1.022s
15.  Julian Simon         Aspar Suter          1m45.062s  + 1.024s
16.  Max Neukirchner      MZ                   1m45.094s  + 1.056s
17.  Aleix Espargaro      Pons Kalex           1m45.136s  + 1.098s
18.  Mika Kallio          Marc VDS Suter       1m45.160s  + 1.122s
19.  Raffaele de Rosa     Forward Suter        1m45.173s  + 1.135s
20.  Yuki Takahashi       Gresini Moriwaki     1m45.184s  + 1.146s
21.  Jordi Torres         Aspar Suter          1m45.369s  + 1.331s
22.  Stefan Bradl         Kiefer Kalex         1m45.371s  + 1.333s
23.  Randy Krummenacher   Kiefer Kalex         1m45.448s  + 1.410s
24.  Xavier Simeon        Tech 3               1m45.496s  + 1.458s
25.  Mike di Meglio       Tech 3               1m45.534s  + 1.496s
26.  Claudio Corti        Italtrans Suter      1m45.682s  + 1.644s
27.  Ratthapak Wilairot   SAG FTR              1m45.889s  + 1.851s
28.  Carmelo Morales      La Torre Moriwaki    1m46.059s  + 2.021s
29.  Kenny Noyes          Avintia FTR          1m46.086s  + 2.048s
30.  Anthony West         MZ                   1m46.160s  + 2.122s
31.  Martin Cardenas      Blusens FTR          1m46.175s  + 2.137s
32.  Alex Baldolini       Pons Kalex           1m46.247s  + 2.209s
33.  Jake Gagne           GP Tech FTR          1m46.594s  + 2.556s
34.  Valentin Debise      Speed Up FTR         1m46.953s  + 2.915s
35.  JD Beach             Castello FTR         1m47.219s  + 3.181s
36.  Mashel Al Naimi      QMMF Moriwaki        1m47.343s  + 3.305s
37.  Robertino Pietri     Italtrans Suter      1m47.439s  + 3.401s
38.  Santiago Hernandez   SAG FTR              1m48.170s  + 4.132s


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