2014 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying ResultsUnder unusually pristine conditions at Le Mans, AGR Team’s Jonas Folger earned his first Moto2 pole. The rookie will be joined on the Le Mans front row by the current points leader, Marc VDS Racing’s Tito Rabat, and Pons HP 40’s Luis Salom, respectively. Salom was the quickest rider Friday.
Folger secured the fifth Grand Prix pole of his career and his first since graduating to the intermediate class with a late 1’\:37.619s lap, as he looks to build on his Jerez podium result.Behind the German on the grid are Rabat and Salom. Rabat was on provisional pole for a long period of a session, but suffered a crash.There will be plenty of experience on row two with Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team), Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) qualifying fourth to sixth respectively.Moto3 World Champion Maverick Viñales (Pons HP 40) surged to seventh late on, with fellow Spaniard Ricard Cardus (Tech 3) and former Moto3 title winner Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) slotting in behind rookie Viñales, despite a crash for Cortese mid-session. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) rounds out the top ten.There were also crashes for Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Gresini Moto2) and Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) in the session, though none of that trio were injured.As for the sole American in 2014 Moto2, Caterham Moto Racing’s Josh Herrin qualified 30th, 2.02 seconds off the top pace. He missed the previous two rounds (Jerez, Argentina) due to a broken collarbone sustained in supermoto training.2014 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Results:
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!