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Rabat achieves career-first pole in Jerez

Rabat achieves career-first pole in Jerez

Spain’s Esteve Rabat has earned a career-first pole position for the Moto2™ Gran Premio bwin de España. The Tuenti HP 40 rider will share the Jerez front row with championship leader Scott Redding and Takaaki Nakagami.

The result marks the second time in as many races that a rider has sealed a first career pole while competing in the Moto2 class, as Redding did in Texas a fortnight ago.

On this occasion, Marc VDS Racing Team rider Redding is well-placed to defend his championship lead from second, ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Nakagami who finished on the podium of the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix in early April.

Rabat proved untouchable on Saturday afternoon, lapping the first European track of the season in 1’43.251 which was almost half a second up on Redding. Erstwhile championship leader and pre-season favourite Pol Espargaro starts fourth for Tuenti HP 40, sharing Row 2 with Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres and Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon.

On the second Aspar bike, Austin winner Nico Terol could manage no more than seventh place, beating Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrotter by just nine thousandths of second as one full second covered the top ten. That particular group was rounded out by Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Tom Luthi, on his return to the championship, and Anthony West for QMMF Racing Team.

Sunday’s Moto2™ Gran Premio bwin de España gets underway at 12:20pm local time (GMT +2), being decided over the course of 26 laps.

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