Marquez on Le Mans Moto2 Pole

2012 Moto2

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s championship leader Marc Márquez claimed pole position at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France despite a crash early in the session.

The Spaniard recorded his third consecutive pole position with a best lap of 1.37’710, overcoming an early scare, as he lost the front end with 25 minutes to go. He was able to return to the pits and head back out on track shortly after.

The Moto2 grid was lucky with the weather and riders were able to run in dry conditions almost right up to the chequered flag, where Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi managed to sneak into second place ahead of Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding heads the second row, after failing to improve on his time due to a crash on the final quick lap. He starts ahead of Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, who was pushing hard until the very end, despite some spots of rain appearing on his last run. Sixth place went to Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio, who was just over two-tenths off the Brit.

NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis starts from seventh, ahead of JiR Moto2’s local favourite Johann Zarco, who put in a strong performance in front of his home crowd. Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti continued his good form from this morning as he finished ninth, with Mapfre Aspar Team’s Toni Elías rounding out the top ten.

Apart from Márquez and Redding, there were further crashes for S/Master Speed Up’s Mike Di Meglio and Tech 3 Racing’s Xavier Simeon. Simeon sustained multiple fractures in his left hand, a fracture in his left foot, and has been taken to hospital to check on potential pelvis trauma.

2012 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 254.1 1’37.710
2. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 256.8 1’37.739 0.029 / 0.029
3. 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 253.8 1’38.190 0.480 / 0.451
4. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 250.3 1’38.369 0.659 / 0.179
5. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 252.6 1’38.399 0.689 / 0.030
6. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 253.6 1’38.574 0.864 / 0.175
7. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 251.7 1’38.662 0.952 / 0.088
8. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 251.7 1’38.752 1.042 / 0.090
9. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 247.1 1’38.795 1.085 / 0.043
10. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 250.6 1’38.826 1.116 / 0.031
11. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 253.2 1’38.827 1.117 / 0.001
12. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 251.5 1’38.863 1.153 / 0.036
13. 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 256.2 1’38.880 1.170 / 0.017
14. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 251.5 1’38.961 1.251 / 0.081
15. 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 249.5 1’39.061 1.351 / 0.100
16. 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 251.7 1’39.105 1.395 / 0.044
17. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 252.6 1’39.229 1.519 / 0.124
18. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 255.7 1’39.258 1.548 / 0.029
19. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 250.6 1’39.301 1.591 / 0.043
20. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 253.8 1’39.315 1.605 / 0.014
21. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 248.8 1’39.353 1.643 / 0.038
22. 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 250.2 1’39.414 1.704 / 0.061
23. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 253.3 1’39.520 1.810 / 0.106
24. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 253.2 1’39.796 2.086 / 0.276
25. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 252.0 1’39.797 2.087 / 0.001
26. 7 Alexander LUNDH SWE Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 249.7 1’39.924 2.214 / 0.127
27. 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex 247.0 1’40.120 2.410 / 0.196
28. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 247.6 1’40.573 2.863 / 0.453
29. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 249.4 1’40.784 3.074 / 0.211
30. 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ SPA Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 245.6 1’41.443 3.733 / 0.659
31. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 243.6 1’41.634 3.924 / 0.191
32. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 248.7 1’42.182 4.472 / 0.548