Bradley Smith staked an early claim for Pole Position in the wet Moto2 qualifying session, but he was knocked off the top spot by late surges from Alex De Angelis, and pole winner Marc Marquez.
His team-mate Mike di Meglio, struggled in the wet conditions and will start tomorrow’s race from way back in 35th position.
Bradley Smith 3rd 2.06.617 – 18 laps:
“Obviously I am very happy with this result for myself and the Tech 3 Racing Team as we have already proven we have great feeling in the wet in the last couple of races. I guess growing up in the UK has helped me in that respect because we have to ride in those conditions a lot. But to be on the front row for the first time considering how difficult the conditions were, I’m really pleased and it has been a positive day. At the end of the session it started to dry and the track felt very greasy and then all of a sudden, the last three laps the grip came again and Andrea (Iannone) and a couple of other guys got behind me. I didn’t want to give them a tow on the last lap, so I rolled off. And that was almost a big mistake because they still had two laps on me. Third position is still a great starting position and the first five laps will be very important tomorrow. I need to try and get a really good start and put my head down and try to go as hard as possible. It will be important to try and follow Marquez in the beginning and then we will see what happens.”
Mike di Meglio: 35th 2.10.652 – 17 laps:
“This was a very difficult qualifying as we did not have any grip from the start to the end. When I went out the last time we changed to a softer rear tyre and that was maybe a little bit too late. For the race tomorrow I will have to get the best start possible and try all I can do to at least get into the points, which would be a great result from where I am on the grid.”
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