2012 Valencia Moto2 | Espargaro Takes Pole

2012-valencia-moto2-espargaro-takes-pole (1)2012 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Results

Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaro took the honors for most pole positions in the Moto2 class this season, with eight in total, at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, as Tom Lüthi and Takaaki Nakagami join him on the front row.

Espargaro was once again on blistering pace as he set the quickest time of 1.35’191, despite crashing out in the latter stages. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Marquez was in fact the second fastest man of the session, however his penalty for running into Simone Corsi yesterday means he will start last on the grid.

Like his compatriot he also had a tumble after loosing the front, which he stated afterwards has been an issue in all sessions so far. Interwetten-Paddock’s Luthi upped his pace at the end to start second, and Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami was promoted to third to round out the front row.

Mapfre Aspar Team’s local rider Nico Terol will be very pleased to start fourth in front of his home crowd, just ahead of teammate Jordi Torres. Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter carried over his good form from the morning session to complete the second row, and will no doubt look to emulate his podium here from last year.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding will be disappointed with not being on the front row, yet the Brit will no doubt be on the pace come race-day, as he starts with Came IodaRacing Project’s Corsi and Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone alongside him. JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco completes the top ten.

Apart from Espargaró and Márquez, there were crashes for the Pons team’s Axel Pons, as well as QMMF Racing’s Elena Rosell. Fortunately, none of the riders were hurt in the crashes. Espargaró’s pole position confirmed him today as the winner of the Tissot Pole of Poles trophy.

2012 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.40Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex268.81’35.191
2.93Marc MARQUEZSPATeam Catalunya Caixa RepsolSuter271.71’35.5970.406 / 0.406
3.12Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten-PaddockSuter268.21’35.7560.565 / 0.159
4.30Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex267.41’35.8010.610 / 0.045
5.18Nicolas TEROLSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter267.11’35.8580.667 / 0.057
6.81Jordi TORRESSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto2Suter265.71’35.9150.724 / 0.057
7.77Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter265.81’35.9490.758 / 0.034
8.45Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex265.21’35.9660.775 / 0.017
9.3Simone CORSIITACame IodaRacing ProjectFTR266.91’35.9830.792 / 0.017
10.29Andrea IANNONEITASpeed MasterSpeed Up268.21’36.0160.825 / 0.033
11.5Johann ZARCOFRAJIR Moto2Motobi266.41’36.1080.917 / 0.092
12.60Julian SIMONSPABlusens AvintiaSuter266.61’36.1290.938 / 0.021
13.19Xavier SIMEONBELTech 3 RacingTech 3264.71’36.2361.045 / 0.107
14.80Esteve RABATSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex271.11’36.2781.087 / 0.042
15.24Toni ELIASSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex270.01’36.4831.292 / 0.205
16.36Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex267.31’36.4891.298 / 0.006
17.63Mike DI MEGLIOFRAKiefer RacingKalex267.81’36.5111.320 / 0.022
18.72Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNNGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR266.51’36.5831.392 / 0.072
19.4Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIGP Team SwitzerlandKalex272.91’36.6291.438 / 0.046
20.8Gino REAGBRFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter267.41’36.6871.496 / 0.058
21.28Roman RAMOSSPASAG TeamFTR265.61’36.7011.510 / 0.014
22.38Bradley SMITHGBRTech 3 RacingTech 3267.51’36.7711.580 / 0.070
23.54Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR267.31’36.8681.677 / 0.097
24.14Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter267.61’36.8731.682 / 0.005
25.23Marcel SCHROTTERGERDesguaces La Torre SAGBimota261.81’36.9901.799 / 0.117
26.49Axel PONSSPATuenti Movil HP 40Kalex267.51’37.0961.905 / 0.106
27.17Dani RIVASSPATSR Galicia SchoolKalex260.41’37.2282.037 / 0.132
28.75Tomoyoshi KOYAMAJPNTechnomag-CIPSuter268.61’37.3572.166 / 0.129
29.88Ricard CARDUSSPAArguiñano Racing TeamAJR263.71’37.3842.193 / 0.027
30.22Alessandro ANDREOZZIITAS/Master Speed UpSpeed Up264.91’37.4632.272 / 0.079
31.97Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up265.01’38.9823.791 / 1.519
32.57Eric GRANADOBRAJIR Moto2Motobi262.51’39.6024.411 / 0.620
33.82Elena ROSELLSPAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up265.61’40.0634.872 / 0.461