2012 Assen Moto2: Marquez on Pole

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2012 Moto2 Championship

During an incident-packed qualifying at the Iveco TT Assen in the Moto2 class, it was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez who took pole position in front of Pol Espargaró and Andrea Iannone.

Márquez, who had played second fiddle to Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Espargaró for all of the preceding practices, pulled a lap of 1.37:133 out of the bag to snatch pole, despite ending up in the gravel at the end of the session. Espargaró finished just over four-tenths behind his rival, yet managed to keep Speed Master’s Iannone at bay a further three and a half tenths down.

GP Team Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher nearly caused a front-row upset, yet had to settle for a very credible fourth instead. Compatriot Dominique Aegerter, on board his Technomag-CIP machine, lines up next to him in fifth, after finding some impressive form at the Dutch track. Completing the second row is Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi with his FTR bike, as he looks to get onto the podium for the first time this season.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding had a disappointing qualifying for his standards, ending down in seventh, ahead of Tech 3 Racing’s fellow countryman Bradley Smith on his Mistral 610. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis made it two FTR bikes in the top ten with a solid display, ahead of Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, who will no doubt look to improve in tomorrow’s race.

There was drama early on as QMMF Racing Team teammates Elena Rosell and Anthony West crashed, as the female Spanish rider tried to avoid West as he slid off track. Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón following suit shortly after, and with 35 minutes left of the session, JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco had his second crash of the day, with Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti and Kiefer Racing’s Max Neukirchner also crashing out in the latter stages of qualifying. None of the riders were seriously hurt in the incidents.

2012 Assen Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 252.6 1’37.133
2. 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 250.8 1’37.588 0.455 / 0.455
3. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 248.6 1’37.956 0.823 / 0.368
4. 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 252.9 1’38.279 1.146 / 0.323
5. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 250.2 1’38.349 1.216 / 0.070
6. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 253.8 1’38.400 1.267 / 0.051
7. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 252.6 1’38.401 1.268 / 0.001
8. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 248.2 1’38.414 1.281 / 0.013
9. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 250.8 1’38.483 1.350 / 0.069
10. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 253.1 1’38.488 1.355 / 0.005
11. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 260.1 1’38.511 1.378 / 0.023
12. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 255.3 1’38.525 1.392 / 0.014
13. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 253.8 1’38.573 1.440 / 0.048
14. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 251.5 1’38.636 1.503 / 0.063
15. 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 247.9 1’38.642 1.509 / 0.006
16. 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 248.4 1’38.665 1.532 / 0.023
17. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 248.4 1’38.899 1.766 / 0.234
18. 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex 248.6 1’38.950 1.817 / 0.051
19. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 249.0 1’38.996 1.863 / 0.046
20. 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 248.9 1’39.191 2.058 / 0.195
21. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 254.2 1’39.200 2.067 / 0.009
22. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 251.7 1’39.207 2.074 / 0.007
23. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 249.4 1’39.257 2.124 / 0.050
24. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 245.6 1’39.302 2.169 / 0.045
25. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 250.9 1’39.584 2.451 / 0.282
26. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 252.3 1’39.628 2.495 / 0.044
27. 7 Alexander LUNDH SWE Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 245.2 1’39.941 2.808 / 0.313
28. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 248.4 1’40.333 3.200 / 0.392
29. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 252.7 1’40.675 3.542 / 0.342
30. 50 Damian CUDLIN AUS Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 244.7 1’40.746 3.613 / 0.071
31. 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 242.0 1’40.970 3.837 / 0.224
32. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 249.2 1’41.276 4.143 / 0.306
33. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 247.8 1’42.273 5.140 / 0.997