2011 Sepang Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Taken In Late Charge

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Sepang:

Thomas Luthi has taken his first pole position of the season, putting in a fast lap in the final minutes of the session to depose championship leader Stefan Bradl. Bradl will start from 2nd, with Michele Pirro rounding out the front row in 3rd. Pirro's Gresini teammate Yuki Takahashi could not quite make it onto the front row, setting the 4th fastest time just behind Pirro, while the Espargaro brothers will start from 5th and 6th, Pol fractionally quicker on the FTR than his older brother Aleix on the Kalex.

After having missed all three sessions of free practice, Marc Marquez took to the track during qualifying, despite the pain in his neck and shoulder which were damaged in the FP1 crash. Marquez did just one flying lap, sufficient to set a qualifying time, and returned to the pits, still obviously in a lot of pain. The Spaniard will start from 36th tomorrow, if he decides to start, in an attempt to prevent Bradl from taking the title at Sepang. Bradl has to win the race at Sepang to have any chance of being crowned champion in Malaysa, but with Marquez trailing the German by 3 points, the Spaniard can take the championship decision to Valencia by finishing at least 13th. Under normal circumstances, Marquez should be capable of doing that, but in the shape that Marquez is in at the moment, it could be too much to ask. He may have to hope that Luthi can win at Sepang on Sunday to keep his title hopes alive.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 2'07.512    
2 65 Stefan BRADL KALEX 2'07.724 0.212 0.212
3 51 Michele PIRRO MORIWAKI 2'08.004 0.492 0.280
4 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI MORIWAKI 2'08.069 0.557 0.065
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO FTR 2'08.107 0.595 0.038
6 40 Aleix ESPARGARO KALEX 2'08.154 0.642 0.047
7 36 Mika KALLIO SUTER 2'08.240 0.728 0.086
8 71 Claudio CORTI SUTER 2'08.319 0.807 0.079
9 45 Scott REDDING SUTER 2'08.412 0.900 0.093
10 75 Mattia PASINI FTR 2'08.414 0.902 0.002
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS MOTOBI 2'08.417 0.905 0.003
12 34 Esteve RABAT FTR 2'08.466 0.954 0.049
13 29 Andrea IANNONE SUTER 2'08.520 1.008 0.054
14 3 Simone CORSI FTR 2'08.549 1.037 0.029
15 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER MZ 2'08.620 1.108 0.071
16 13 Anthony WEST MZ 2'08.714 1.202 0.094
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO TECH 3 2'08.855 1.343 0.141
18 16 Jules CLUZEL SUTER 2'08.934 1.422 0.079
19 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU SUTER 2'09.015 1.503 0.081
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 2'09.087 1.575 0.072
21 6 Joan OLIVE FTR 2'09.278 1.766 0.191
22 35 Raffaele DE ROSA SUTER 2'09.307 1.795 0.029
23 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 2'09.315 1.803 0.008
24 53 Valentin DEBISE FTR 2'09.382 1.870 0.067
25 80 Axel PONS KALEX 2'09.472 1.960 0.090
26 64 Santiago HERNANDEZ FTR 2'09.625 2.113 0.153
27 18 Jordi TORRES SUTER 2'09.686 2.174 0.061
28 87 Mohamad ZAMRI BABA MORIWAKI 2'09.822 2.310 0.136
29 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 2'09.911 2.399 0.089
30 9 Kenny NOYES FTR 2'10.319 2.807 0.408
31 39 Robertino PIETRI SUTER 2'10.348 2.836 0.029
32 20 Ivan MORENO SUTER 2'10.875 3.363 0.527
33 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ FTR 2'11.022 3.510 0.147
34 86 Hafizh SYAHRIN MORIWAKI 2'11.388 3.876 0.366
35 95 Mashel AL NAIMI MORIWAKI 2'12.180 4.668 0.792
36 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 2'12.864 5.352 0.684
37 23 Apiwat WONGTHANANON FTR 2'13.201 5.689 0.337
  38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3      
* 88 Ricard CARDUS MORIWAKI      

* Have qualified for the race having achieved a time within 107 % of the fastest rider in a free practice session.

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