Espargaro on Pole for Phillip Island Moto2; Redding Ruled Out

Tuenti 40's Pol Espargaro
Tuenti 40's Pol Espargaro
Tuenti 40’s Pol Espargaro

2013 Phillip Island Moto2 Qualifying Results

The 2013 Moto2 Championship headed to Phillip Island this weekend for the Australian Grand Prix.

And for fifth time this season, Pol Espargaro took the number-one qualifying position. Espargaro is the runner up in the Moto2 Championship, and may gain some additional headway considering the points leader, Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding, has been ruled out after fracturing his left wrist in a crash.

The race will take place over the shortened distance of 13 laps.

A dramatic day of qualifying at Phillip Island drew to a close with the intermediate category, with the session being interrupted with red flags following a crash for Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Thitipong Warokorn.

As the Thai rider was transported away for medical check-ups and soon diagnosed with a fracture to his right scapula, ruling him out of action for the rest of the race event, while Esteve Rabat, who also crashed, was effectively given extra time for bike repairs as he made his way back to the Tuenti HP 40 garage.

No sooner had Rabat re-joined the session than the Spaniard crashed once again, having by this point lost provisional pole to teammate Espargaro who will start in front thanks to his leading lap time of 1’32.530.

Rabat missed out by just one hundredth of a second, while there were identical times for Jordi Torres and Alex de Angelis; the former (Aspar Team Moto2) will start third by virtue of his quicker second best lap time, leaving the NGM Mobile Forward Racing rider fourth.

Tom Luthi rounds out the top five for Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing, while Mika Kallio will be the leading Marc VDS Racing Team rider in sixth; however, the Finn suffered a sizeable accident in the Hay Shed section. Just moments later, teammate Redding crashed at the end of the lap and was duly taken to the Medical Centre where the Englishman complained of pain with his left wrist. Having already posted his 1’32.962 lap time, Redding sank to tenth position in the results and soon headed towards Melbourne to operate on the left wrist fracture.

More drama came at the end of the session, with reigning Moto3™ World Champion Sandro Cortese being the last to suffer an incident. The Dynavolt Intact GP rider will start seventh on the grid behind Kallio, while Aspar’s Nico Terol and NGM Mobile Racing’s Mattia Pasini fill positions eight and nine ahead of the unfortunate Redding.

2013 Phillip Island Moto2 Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
140Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex287.01’32.530
280Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex289.91’32.5400.010 / 0.010
381Jordi TORRESSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter284.21’32.7690.239 / 0.229
415Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up288.11’32.7690.239
512Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter292.21’32.8170.287 / 0.048
636Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex290.11’32.8330.303 / 0.016
711Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex288.31’32.8930.363 / 0.060
818Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter289.41’32.9020.372 / 0.009
954Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up287.31’32.9460.416 / 0.044
1045Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex285.41’32.9620.432 / 0.016
1119Xavier SIMEONBELMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex286.71’33.0640.534 / 0.102
125Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter287.01’33.0760.546 / 0.012
1377Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter288.71’33.1030.573 / 0.027
143Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up287.21’33.1820.652 / 0.079
1530Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex282.71’33.2320.702 / 0.050
1660Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex283.71’33.3100.780 / 0.078
1749Axel PONSSPATuenti HP 40Kalex288.41’33.4500.920 / 0.140
1823Marcel SCHROTTERGERMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex287.01’33.4820.952 / 0.032
1996Louis ROSSIFRATech 3Tech 3286.51’34.0371.507 / 0.555
2095Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up284.91’34.0921.562 / 0.055
2188Ricard CARDUSSPANGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up290.71’34.2171.687 / 0.125
2252Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3285.61’34.2891.759 / 0.072
238Gino REAGBRArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up287.71’34.4971.967 / 0.208
2497Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up285.51’34.7482.218 / 0.251
257Doni Tata PRADITAINAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Suter283.81’34.7892.259 / 0.041
2692Alex MARIÑELARENASPABlusens AvintiaKalex282.91’34.8992.369 / 0.110
2744Steven ODENDAALRSAArgiñano & Gines RacingSpeed Up286.61’35.0472.517 / 0.148
2831Kohta NOZANEJPNJiR Moto2Motobi287.61’35.2882.758 / 0.241
2925Azlan SHAHMALIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaMoriwaki278.41’35.3412.811 / 0.053
3010Thitipong WAROKORNTHAThai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2Suter277.81’35.9643.434 / 0.623
3134Ezequiel ITURRIOZARGBlusens AvintiaKalex278.51’36.2543.724 / 0.290