Pol Espargaró recovers from crash to grab pole

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Saturday, 6 April 2013

Pol Espargaró has collected the first Moto2™ pole position of 2013, coming back from a crash to deliver a remarkable final lap in Qatar. The Tuenti HP 40 rider will share the front row with Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami and Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio.

As had been the case with the previous session for Moto3™, the riders were challenged with much traffic and an extremely dusty track surface. This was confirmed by an assortment of falls, not least for Espargaró himself who went down within the first five minutes. Adding to the early surprises, Nakagami – another pace-setter so far this weekend – was stuck in his garage with problems.

Amid the early dramas, the Marc VDS bike of Scott Redding headed the timesheets and appeared to be losing less ground on the start/finish straight than in previous sessions. He eventually settled for fourth place as Espargaró surprised many – very much including himself – to pick up a remarkable half a second in the final sector alone, sealing the top spot with 2’00.882. One and a half tenths cover the top three, with Nakagami – deprived of a career-first pole by just over a tenth - eventually managing 15 laps as Kallio improved his personal best in the last knockings.

Behind Redding, Row 2 is completed by Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter and second Italtrans representative Julián Simón. Nico Terol will start seventh for Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2, making up the third row with Tuenti’s Esteve Rabat and Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrotter. Jir Moto2’s Mike di Meglio was tenth as less than a second covered the first 13 riders; that particular group was rounded out by reigning Moto3 Champion Sandro Cortese, who managed to rejoin the session for Dynavolt Intact GP following a highside accident from which he escaped unharmed.

Also falling during the 45 minutes were Sergio Gadea (Interwetten Paddock, substituting for the injured Tom Lüthi) and Mattia Pasini (NGM Mobile Racing, suffering his second accident of the race weekend so far).

The Moto2™ Warm-Up session begins at 10:15pm local time tonight (GMT +3), ahead of the race which gets underway at 8:20pm local time on Sunday.

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