News 2012 Valencia Moto2 | Espargaro Takes Pole

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 268.8 1’35.191
2. 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter 271.7 1’35.597 0.406 / 0.406
3. 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 268.2 1’35.756 0.565 / 0.159
4. 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 267.4 1’35.801 0.610 / 0.045
5. 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 267.1 1’35.858 0.667 / 0.057
6. 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 265.7 1’35.915 0.724 / 0.057
7. 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 265.8 1’35.949 0.758 / 0.034
8. 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 265.2 1’35.966 0.775 / 0.017
9. 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 266.9 1’35.983 0.792 / 0.017
10. 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 268.2 1’36.016 0.825 / 0.033
11. 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 266.4 1’36.108 0.917 / 0.092
12. 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 266.6 1’36.129 0.938 / 0.021
13. 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 264.7 1’36.236 1.045 / 0.107
14. 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 271.1 1’36.278 1.087 / 0.042
15. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 270.0 1’36.483 1.292 / 0.205
16. 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 267.3 1’36.489 1.298 / 0.006
17. 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Kiefer Racing Kalex 267.8 1’36.511 1.320 / 0.022
18. 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 266.5 1’36.583 1.392 / 0.072
19. 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 272.9 1’36.629 1.438 / 0.046
20. 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 267.4 1’36.687 1.496 / 0.058
21. 28 Roman RAMOS SPA SAG Team FTR 265.6 1’36.701 1.510 / 0.014
22. 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 267.5 1’36.771 1.580 / 0.070
23. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 267.3 1’36.868 1.677 / 0.097
24. 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 267.6 1’36.873 1.682 / 0.005
25. 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 261.8 1’36.990 1.799 / 0.117
26. 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 267.5 1’37.096 1.905 / 0.106
27. 17 Dani RIVAS SPA TSR Galicia School Kalex 260.4 1’37.228 2.037 / 0.132
28. 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 268.6 1’37.357 2.166 / 0.129
29. 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 263.7 1’37.384 2.193 / 0.027
30. 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 264.9 1’37.463 2.272 / 0.079
31. 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO INA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 265.0 1’38.982 3.791 / 1.519
32. 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 262.5 1’39.602 4.411 / 0.620
33. 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 265.6 1’40.063 4.872 / 0.461

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.

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