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Espargaró takes season pole-position honours in Valencia

Espargaró takes season pole-position honours in Valencia

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

Espargaró 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 Márquez 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 Lüthi 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.


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