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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 281.3 1’33.705
2. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 282.5 1’34.264 0.559 / 0.559
3. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter 280.8 1’34.408 0.703 / 0.144
4. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 281.5 1’34.513 0.808 / 0.105
5. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 277.3 1’34.541 0.836 / 0.028
6. 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 290.7 1’34.596 0.891 / 0.055
7. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 285.1 1’34.696 0.991 / 0.100
8. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 281.5 1’34.714 1.009 / 0.018
9. 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 278.6 1’34.765 1.060 / 0.051
10. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 283.1 1’34.900 1.195 / 0.135
11. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 277.6 1’34.973 1.268 / 0.073
12. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 284.3 1’35.020 1.315 / 0.047
13. 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 281.7 1’35.052 1.347 / 0.032
14. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 291.3 1’35.071 1.366 / 0.019
15. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 274.1 1’35.169 1.464 / 0.098
16. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 276.2 1’35.310 1.605 / 0.141
17. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 280.4 1’35.466 1.761 / 0.156
18. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 283.3 1’35.546 1.841 / 0.080
19. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Kiefer Racing Kalex 281.2 1’35.589 1.884 / 0.043
20. 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 275.9 1’35.609 1.904 / 0.020
21. 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 272.0 1’35.864 2.159 / 0.255
22. 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 277.3 1’35.906 2.201 / 0.042
23. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 277.9 1’36.026 2.321 / 0.120
24. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 275.9 1’36.163 2.458 / 0.137
25. 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 275.1 1’36.242 2.537 / 0.079
26. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 282.9 1’36.550 2.845 / 0.308
27. 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 277.6 1’37.293 3.588 / 0.743
28. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 280.7 1’37.436 3.731 / 0.143
29. 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 280.1 1’37.524 3.819 / 0.088
30. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 275.8 1’37.829 4.124 / 0.305
31. 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 274.7 1’38.266 4.561 / 0.437
32. 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 267.9 1’40.119 6.414 / 1.853