2012 Mugello Moto2: Espargaro on Pole

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2012 Mugello Moto2 Qualifying Results

Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró recovered from a heavy crash in this morning’s Moto2 practice to claim pole position for Sunday’s race at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello ahead of Marc Márquez and Andrea Iannone in a tightly fought qualifying session.

Espargaró left it right until the end to post the fastest lap of 1.52’389, which moved Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Márquez into second, after the championship leader had lead up until the final minute.

Despite JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco setting the third fastest time of the session, he will start from 18th on the grid tomorrow, after being handed a 15 spot grid penalty by Race Direction. Zarco had been at fault for taking out Espargaró in the morning practice as he went into turn one too hot and slid into the Spaniard, which was subsequently ruled as riding in an irresponsible manner. His team did not lodge an appeal.

This moved Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone up into third, putting an Italian on the front row of the grid, much to the delight of the home fans. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis put in yet another strong performance on his FTR machine to line up fourth, alongside Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi in fifth.

Lüthi had been the pace setter earlier in the day, yet could not repeat his feat in the afternoon. Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith completes row two, despite crashing out on his final hot lap.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding qualified seventh, narrowly ousting Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabbat into eighth. Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami rounds out row three, while Mapfre Aspar Team’s Nico Terol had a good session at the Italian circuit as he finished tenth.

There were numerous crashes throughout the session with Tech 3’s Xavier Siméon, Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi, Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio and Cresto Guide MZ Racing’s Mike Di Meglio, S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi, SAG Team’s Marco Colandrea, Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot, and Kiefer Racing’s Max Neukirchner all coming off their bikes. Neukirchner was the only rider to suffer an injury, hurting his right hand. His condition will be assessed before warm-up Sunday morning.

2012 Mugello Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 286.9 1’52.369
2. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 290.0 1’52.438 0.069 / 0.069
3. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 282.7 1’52.781 0.412 / 0.343
4. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 285.8 1’52.835 0.466 / 0.054
5. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 288.4 1’52.883 0.514 / 0.048
6. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 285.7 1’52.946 0.577 / 0.063
7. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 282.5 1’53.029 0.660 / 0.083
8. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 278.2 1’53.059 0.690 / 0.030
9. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 287.4 1’53.090 0.721 / 0.031
10. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 284.7 1’53.152 0.783 / 0.062
11. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 285.6 1’53.258 0.889 / 0.106
12. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 285.3 1’53.266 0.897 / 0.008
13. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 286.0 1’53.319 0.950 / 0.053
14. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 286.4 1’53.409 1.040 / 0.090
15. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 288.2 1’53.509 1.140 / 0.100
16. 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 285.2 1’53.566 1.197 / 0.057
17. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 287.4 1’53.672 1.303 / 0.106
18. 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex 283.9 1’53.683 1.314 / 0.011
19. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 281.8 1’53.715 1.346 / 0.032
20. 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 281.1 1’53.722 1.353 / 0.007
21. 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 282.1 1’53.787 1.418 / 0.065
22. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 288.8 1’53.984 1.615 / 0.197
23. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 286.7 1’54.038 1.669 / 0.054
24. 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 284.9 1’54.164 1.795 / 0.126
25. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 279.4 1’54.513 2.144 / 0.349
26. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 276.6 1’54.726 2.357 / 0.213
27. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 285.5 1’54.802 2.433 / 0.076
28. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 276.9 1’54.890 2.521 / 0.088
29. 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 278.1 1’55.267 2.898 / 0.377
30. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 278.1 1’55.374 3.005 / 0.107
31. 55 Massimo ROCCOLI ITA Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 276.1 1’55.518 3.149 / 0.144
32. 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 275.2 1’56.337 3.968 / 0.819
33. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 273.5 1’57.081 4.712 / 0.744