2014 Argentina Moto2 Qualifying Results from Termas de Rio Hondo
Just as Marc Marquez has done in the 2014 MotoGP Championship, Marc VDS Racing’s Tito Rabat secured his third-straight pole in the 2014 Moto2 Championship.
Rabat secured the pole position after dominating qualifying Saturday at Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo. He will be joined on the front row by AirAsia Caterham Motor Racing’s Johann Zarco and Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Xavier Simeon.
The Moto2 Championship leader Rabat posted a 1:43.961 lap time towards the end of the session to make it a hat-trick of poles so far in 2014.
The Spaniard was not distracted by a brief pause 23 minutes from the end of the Qualifying session when the red flags came out after a crash for Sam Lowes (Speed Up) left debris on the track. Action soon resumed after cleaning had taken place and Lowes was unhurt.
Zarco and Simeon respectively qualified 0.010s and 0.077s from Rabat and will both look to stay with the pole man at the start of Sunday’s race. Simeon was later given a penalty point for continuing at speed under the red flags and not entering pit lane when the red flag was displayed.
Maverick Viñales (Pons HP 40) heads row two from Jonas Folger (AGR Team) and teammate Luis Salom (Pons HP 40), all three riders within 0.361s of pole.
The third row sees Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing), Alex De Angelis (Tasca Racing) and Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) all under half a second from the front. Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) heads the fourth row in tenth spot.
Local wild card Sebastian Porto recovered from a large “moment” at the start of the session to qualify in 32nd on his return to Grand Prix.
As for the only American in the series, Caterham’s Josh Herrin was forced to sit out due to breaking his shoulder while training in Georgia.