Phillip Island Moto2: Espargaro Takes 7th Pole

2012-phillip-island-moto2-espargaro-takes-seventh-pole2012 Phillip Island Moto2 Qualifying Results

Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró took pole position for Sunday’s Moto2 race at the AirAsia Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island with a fantastic performance in qualifying in front of Scott Redding and Marc Marquez.

Moto2 qualifying was a mixed affair with the occasional quick showers causing a few interruptions and making track conditions a touch unpredictable for riders.

Yet Espargaró seemed to be unaffected by it as he stormed to his seventh pole-position this season with a margin of over half a second over second placed Redding on his Marc VDS Racing Team machine.

The Brit is nonetheless looking in ominous form ahead of the race, having ousted Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez into third. Márquez could take the title tomorrow by finishing either first, or higher than 15th place should Espargaró win the race.

Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, who had shown potential in earlier sessions, was able to convert it this time and put his bike fourth on the grid, ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami. Arguably one of the best performances came from GP Team Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher, who completes the second row on his return from injury. JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco in seventh was the last rider within a second of the front, ending the day ahead of Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone.

QMMF Racing’s Anthony West did well to keep his ninth spot after crashing out in the final minutes, finishing in front of Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat. In addition to West, his teammate Elena Rosell, Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis also crashed out of the session.

Rosell was taken to the medical centre citing chest and hand pain, whilst De Angelis was also taken there with a suspected hand injury. He has since been declared unfit for tomorrow’s race with a fourth left finger abrasion with a tendon lesion, and a fracture in the fifth finger. The San Marino rider has gone to Epworth Hospital in Melbourne for surgery.

2012 Phillip Island Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.40Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex281.31’33.705
2.45Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex282.51’34.2640.559 / 0.559
3.93Marc MARQUEZSPATeam Catalunya Caixa RepsolSuter280.81’34.4080.703 / 0.144
4.12Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten-PaddockSuter281.51’34.5130.808 / 0.105
5.30Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex277.31’34.5410.836 / 0.028
6.4Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIGP Team SwitzerlandKalex290.71’34.5960.891 / 0.055
7.5Johann ZARCOFRAJIR Moto2Motobi285.11’34.6960.991 / 0.100
8.29Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSpeed Up281.51’34.7141.009 / 0.018
9.95Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up278.61’34.7651.060 / 0.051
10.80Esteve RABATSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex283.11’34.9001.195 / 0.135
11.3Simone CORSIITACame IodaRacing ProjectFTR277.61’34.9731.268 / 0.073
12.77Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter284.31’35.0201.315 / 0.047
13.49Axel PONSSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex281.71’35.0521.347 / 0.032
14.36Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex291.31’35.0711.366 / 0.019
15.38Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3274.11’35.1691.464 / 0.098
16.19Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 RacingTech 3276.21’35.3101.605 / 0.141
17.60Julian SIMONSPABlusens AvintiaSuter280.41’35.4661.761 / 0.156
18.24Toni ELIASSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex283.31’35.5461.841 / 0.080
19.63Mike DI MEGLIOFRAKiefer RacingKalex281.21’35.5891.884 / 0.043
20.81Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter275.91’35.6091.904 / 0.020
21.88Ricard CARDUSSPAArguiñano Racing TeamAJR272.01’35.8642.159 / 0.255
22.15Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR277.31’35.9062.201 / 0.042
23.14Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter277.91’36.0262.321 / 0.120
24.8Gino REAGBRFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter275.91’36.1632.458 / 0.137
25.23Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGBimota275.11’36.2422.537 / 0.079
26.18Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter282.91’36.5502.845 / 0.308
27.22Alessandro ANDREOZZIITAS/Master Speed UpSpeed Up277.61’37.2933.588 / 0.743
28.72Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR280.71’37.4363.731 / 0.143
29.75Tomoyoshi KOYAMAJPNTechnomag-CIPSuter280.11’37.5243.819 / 0.088
30.82Elena ROSELLSPAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up275.81’37.8294.124 / 0.305
31.10Marco COLANDREASWISAG TeamFTR274.71’38.2664.561 / 0.437
32.57Eric GRANADOBRAJIR Moto2Motobi267.91’40.1196.414 / 1.853