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Esparagaro on Brno Moto2 Pole

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2012 Brno Moto2 Qualifying Results

In an eventful Moto2 qualifying session for the bwin Grand Prix České republiky, it was Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró who stormed to pole position in front of Tom Lüthi and Scott Redding.

In a session that was frantic from the off it was Espargaró who recorded his fourth pole position this season with a record time of 2.01’953 ahead of Interwetten-Paddock’s Lüthi, who had looked stronger at the start.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding was only fractionally slower than the Swiss rider, yet still managed to secure a front row start. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez will be disappointed with his qualifying session, having missed out on the front row for only the second time this season. The championship leader did well to stay on his bike, as he had a moment towards the end as he pushed for a better lap.

Lining up next to him in fifth is Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi, marginally ousting his compatriot Andrea Iannone on the Speed Master bike. Iannone recovered from a heavy crash early in the session, which saw the red flags come out briefly to clean the track of oil patches. He was able to re-join the latter stages of qualifying.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami put in a good showing in seventh to head the third row, pushing Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol into eighth. Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter and JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco complete the top ten.

As well as Iannone’s heavy crash, QMMF Racing Team’s Elena Rosell suffered her second fall of the day, while Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Gino Rea also had a spill into the gravel. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis had an enormous “tank-slapper”, which violently threw him off the bike in the latter stages of qualifying.

He also walked away unscathed. Arguiñano Racing Team’s Ricky Cardús and Kiefer Racing’s Max Neukirchner did not take part in qualifying as they are ruled out of the weekend due to injuries sustained in previous sessions. Cardús has a dislocation of the right acromioclavicular joint (shoulder) and Neukirchner a fractured third metacarpus in his right hand.

2012 Brno 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 255.9 2’01.953
2. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 255.4 2’02.235 0.282 / 0.282
3. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 253.1 2’02.239 0.286 / 0.004
4. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 257.6 2’02.342 0.389 / 0.103
5. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 255.6 2’02.838 0.885 / 0.496
6. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 255.4 2’02.914 0.961 / 0.076
7. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 254.7 2’02.981 1.028 / 0.067
8. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 256.8 2’03.128 1.175 / 0.147
9. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 255.1 2’03.130 1.177 / 0.002
10. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 252.3 2’03.142 1.189 / 0.012
11. 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 252.0 2’03.159 1.206 / 0.017
12. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 260.4 2’03.206 1.253 / 0.047
13. 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 252.2 2’03.249 1.296 / 0.043
14. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 255.0 2’03.279 1.326 / 0.030
15. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 252.7 2’03.303 1.350 / 0.024
16. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 257.1 2’03.307 1.354 / 0.004
17. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 253.9 2’03.360 1.407 / 0.053
18. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 258.5 2’03.384 1.431 / 0.024
19. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 255.6 2’03.470 1.517 / 0.086
20. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 253.6 2’03.479 1.526 / 0.009
21. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 253.6 2’03.594 1.641 / 0.115
22. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 255.1 2’03.636 1.683 / 0.042
23. 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 254.0 2’04.003 2.050 / 0.367
24. 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 249.0 2’04.077 2.124 / 0.074
25. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 253.8 2’04.272 2.319 / 0.195
26. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 252.6 2’04.399 2.446 / 0.127
27. 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 249.1 2’04.630 2.677 / 0.231
28. 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 252.5 2’05.233 3.280 / 0.603
29. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 252.4 2’05.428 3.475 / 0.195
30. 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 247.7 2’06.417 4.464 / 0.989
31. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 251.2 2’07.425 5.472 / 1.008
76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex
88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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