Phillip Island Moto2: De Angelis on Pole

2011 Moto2

A frantic Moto2 qualifying on Saturday saw rain come in starts and stops, until a dry window opened in the final minutes of the session, sending the riders out into a busy closing few minutes which saw JiR Moto2 rider Alex de Angelis take pole position in a repeat of his performance last year at Phillip Island.

De Angelis, who won the Moto2 Phillip Island race last year, set a best time of 1:34.574, 0.088 of a second ahead of Tech 3 Racing’s Mike di Meglio, who previously saw ninth as his highest ranking of the weekend. Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) followed the Frenchman by 0.027 of a second to take the last spot on the front row.

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), who had led for much of the session after a fast early lap, eventually dropped to fourth position after setting a best lap of 1:34.699, while Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP), who briefly topped the times in the final flurry, was relegated to fifth with his time of 1:34.729. Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) followed the Turkish rider in sixth and seventh.

Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) ended the session in eighth, ahead of Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) to complete the top ten on the grid.

Championship leader Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) had a one-minute penalty added to his time of 1:35.298 following his collision with Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda Singha-SAG) at the end of the Friday’s first free practice session.

2011 Phillip Island Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.15Alex DE ANGELISRSMJIR Moto2Motobi274.21’34.574 
2.63Mike DI MEGLIOFRATech 3 RacingTech 3276.41’34.6620.088 / 0.088
3.72Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki273.21’34.6890.115 / 0.027
4.45Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter273.91’34.6990.125 / 0.010
5.54Kenan SOFUOGLUTURTechnomag-CIPSuter272.91’34.7290.155 / 0.030
6.44Pol ESPARGAROSPAHP Tuenti Speed UpFTR278.11’34.7970.223 / 0.068
7.38Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3271.91’34.8670.293 / 0.070
8.65Stefan BRADLGERViessmann Kiefer RacingKalex272.11’34.9020.328 / 0.035
9.12Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter275.71’34.9580.384 / 0.056
10.75Mattia PASINIITAIoda Racing ProjectFTR270.91’35.0920.518 / 0.134
11.76Max NEUKIRCHNERGERMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda271.21’35.2670.693 / 0.175
12.51Michele PIRROITAGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki272.21’35.2810.707 / 0.014
13.77Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter269.41’35.3990.825 / 0.118
14.18Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter271.81’35.5190.945 / 0.120
15.36Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter275.41’35.5640.990 / 0.045
16.29Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSuter279.91’35.6471.073 / 0.083
17.34Esteve RABATSPABlusens-STXFTR275.21’35.6681.094 / 0.021
18.13Anthony WESTAUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda271.41’35.6751.101 / 0.007
19.35Raffaele DE ROSAITANGM Forward RacingSuter275.21’35.7001.126 / 0.025
20.71Claudio CORTIITAItaltrans Racing TeamSuter268.01’35.7351.161 / 0.035
21.16Jules CLUZELFRANGM Forward RacingSuter279.41’35.8301.256 / 0.095
22.3Simone CORSIITAIoda Racing ProjectFTR271.91’35.9121.338 / 0.082
23.19Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 BTech 3267.01’36.3541.780 / 0.442
24.40Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPons HP 40Pons Kalex277.01’36.3661.792 / 0.012
25.80Axel PONSSPAPons HP 40Pons Kalex275.11’36.4711.897 / 0.105
26.9Kenny NOYESUSAAvintia-STXFTR272.81’36.5391.965 / 0.068
27.88Ricard CARDUSSPAQMMF Racing TeamMoriwaki268.21’36.6952.121 / 0.156
28.53Valentin DEBISEFRASpeed UpFTR275.41’36.7322.158 / 0.037
29.68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLBlusens-STXFTR266.61’37.1452.571 / 0.413
30.6Joan OLIVESPAAeroport de CastelloFTR270.01’37.1872.613 / 0.042
31.20Ivan MORENOSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter271.51’37.4142.840 / 0.227
32.43Kris McLARENAUSBRP RacingSuter263.61’37.6003.026 / 0.186
33.4Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIGP Team Switzerland Kiefer RacingKalex273.11’38.2273.653 / 0.627
34.64Santiago HERNANDEZCOLSAG TeamFTR266.81’38.8274.253 / 0.600
35.56Blake LEIGH-SMITHAUSBRP RacingFTR271.81’38.9024.328 / 0.075
36.39Robertino PIETRIVENItaltrans Racing TeamSuter268.11’38.9334.359 / 0.031
37.95Mashel AL NAIMIQATQMMF Racing TeamMoriwaki268.11’39.6585.084 / 0.725
38.93Marc MARQUEZSPATeam CatalunyaCaixa RepsolSuter279.12’35.2981’00.724 / 55.640
 14Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda Singha SAGFTR