Corsi Charges to Aragon Moto2 Pole

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2012 Moto2 Championship

It was Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi who charged to his first ever Moto2 pole position for tomorrow’s Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón after putting in a terrific performance ahead of Pol Espargaró and Andrea Iannone.

Corsi stunned the Spanish crowd by stealing pole position in the dying seconds from Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Espargaró with a time of 1.54’343, which was just over two tenths quicker than the Spaniard. Third place went to Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, with the Italian hoping to carry this pace over into tomorrow’s race to claw back some vital championship points.

It was a qualifying session for the Italians at the Spanish circuit, as Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti fought his way into fourth position, cementing the good form he has shown in the sessions before. Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres, who is very familiar with the Aragón circuit from his time here in the Spanish Moto2 championship, was on the pace throughout, ultimately qualifying in fifth despite a crash at the end, in front of his teammate Nico Terol.

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez had a very subdued session for his standards as he qualified first on the third row in seventh. The Spaniard did well to save a near crash on his final hot lap, and will be looking for a marked improvement in form tomorrow. Márquez’s time did however push back Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith into eighth, after the Brit wrestled his bike up the order in the closing minutes. Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding completed the third row in ninth, while the wet-pace man, JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco, rounded out the top ten.

In cool conditions many of the riders struggled for grip, with NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis and Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot both crashing twice in the session. Additional fallers included S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi, Technomag-CIP’s Tomoyoshi Koyama and Targo Bank CNS Motorsport’s wildcard Alex Mariñelarena. All riders fortunately escaped serious injury.

2012 Aragon Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 278.3 1’54.343
2. 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 280.9 1’54.534 0.191 / 0.191
3. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 280.5 1’54.618 0.275 / 0.084
4. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 275.7 1’54.712 0.369 / 0.094
5. 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 277.8 1’54.787 0.444 / 0.075
6. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 278.6 1’54.828 0.485 / 0.041
7. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 280.8 1’54.877 0.534 / 0.049
8. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 274.5 1’54.899 0.556 / 0.022
9. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 275.3 1’54.925 0.582 / 0.026
10. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 274.2 1’54.993 0.650 / 0.068
11. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 281.2 1’55.074 0.731 / 0.081
12. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 283.8 1’55.224 0.881 / 0.150
13. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 286.0 1’55.235 0.892 / 0.011
14. 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 274.7 1’55.275 0.932 / 0.040
15. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 269.5 1’55.445 1.102 / 0.170
16. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 278.7 1’55.445 1.102
17. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Kiefer Racing Kalex 278.7 1’55.473 1.130 / 0.028
18. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 276.7 1’55.510 1.167 / 0.037
19. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 277.1 1’55.617 1.274 / 0.107
20. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 278.3 1’55.875 1.532 / 0.258
21. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 278.1 1’55.951 1.608 / 0.076
22. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 273.9 1’56.112 1.769 / 0.161
23. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 276.8 1’56.129 1.786 / 0.017
24. 92 Alex MARIÑELARENA SPA Motorsport Suter 270.9 1’56.661 2.318 / 0.532
25. 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 274.8 1’56.695 2.352 / 0.034
26. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 275.3 1’57.158 2.815 / 0.463
27. 84 Steven ODENDAAL RSA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 273.2 1’57.299 2.956 / 0.141
28. 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 277.7 1’57.370 3.027 / 0.071
29. 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 270.6 1’57.462 3.119 / 0.092
30. 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 278.2 1’57.925 3.582 / 0.463
31. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 280.2 1’58.367 4.024 / 0.442
32. 20 Jesko RAFFIN SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 273.5 1’59.177 4.834 / 0.810
33. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 276.1 1’59.477 5.134 / 0.300