Espargaró claims pole position in Mugello

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró recovered from his heavy crash this morning to claim pole position for tomorrow’s race at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello ahead of Marc Márquez and Andrea Iannone.

Espargaró left it right until the end to post the fastest lap of 1.52’389, which moved Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Márquez into second, after the championship leader had lead up until the final minute. Despite JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco setting the third fastest time of the session, he will start from 18th on the grid tomorrow, after being handed a 15 spot grid penalty by Race Direction, who deemed his crash with Espargaró this morning as riding in an irresponsible manner.

This moved Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone up into third, putting an Italian on the front row of the grid. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis put in yet another strong performance on his FTR machine to line up fourth, alongside Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi in fifth. Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith completes row two, despite crashing out on his final hot lap.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding qualified seventh, narrowly ousting Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabbat into eighth. Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami rounds out row three, while Mapfre Aspar Team’s Nico Terol had a good session to put him tenth.

There were numerous crashes throughout the session with Tech 3’s Xavier Siméon, Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi, Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio and Cresto Guide MZ Racing’s Mike Di Meglio, S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi, SAG Team’s Marco Colandrea, Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot, and Kiefer Racing’s Max Neukirchner all coming off their bikes. Neukirchner was the only rider to suffer an injury, hurting his right hand. His condition will be assessed before warm-up tomorrow morning.

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