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Espargaro and KTM take shock pole for European MotoGP contest at Valencia

Pol Espargaro flew to a surprise pole position for the European Grand Prix at Valencia with a late effort to deny Suzuki’s Alex Rins. The session looked to be under the control of Suzuki in the early stages, the Japanese manufacturer seemingly having flipped their normally sub-par qualifying performances around in the mixed conditions that greeted the riders and teams. Rins managed to hold the top spot with a second flyer after being demoted by team-mate Joan Mir and LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami early on, the Spaniard’s 1:41.254 keeping him ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Nakagami as the field completed their opening gambits. Nakagami came out swinging as he returned to the circuit...
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