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The Spanish rider will start from pole position in his fifth intermediate category race.
The qualifying session of the Moto2™ World Championship at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France has left Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) in a very different position to that he faced after his unfortunate fall on the last lap of the Jerez GP just two weeks ago.
The Spanish rider has extensive experience on the French track, having finished on the podium there in his three appearances at the circuit as Moto3™ rider. Now, his first pole position in Moto2 comes in just his fifth outing in the championship.
The front row will be completed by two other Moto2 protagonists of 2015. Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) returns to the spotlight after a poor performance in Jerez, where he failed to score. This afternoon at Le Mans, he qualified second after equaling Rins’ lead time but losing out when it came to their second-best efforts.
Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) leads the championship in Moto2, heading to his home event with a cushion of 16 points. The Frenchman managed to grab a front row qualifying position at the very last moment, fending off defending World Champion Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) who will head up the second row.
Alongside Rabat and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), the second row will be completed by Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten). The Swiss rider has a good record at Le Mans, where he has won both in the 125 and Moto2 classes.
Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) heads up Row 3 as he celebrates his 100th World Championship Grand Prix start. A podium in Sunday’s race would only add to his century of starts. Just behind, the third row will include Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), whose crash in Free Practice 3 limited his performance in qualifying, followed by Spain’s Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team), who won at the French venue in the 125 category in 2009.
Also drawing attention is the show put on by Jonas Folger. The Team AGR rider, winner of the first and fourth Grands Prix in Qatar and Spain respectively, put in a masterful performance last time out in Jerez and may require some inspiration to do the same again on Sunday at Le Mans.
The Moto2 action continues on May 17 at 09:10 local time with the warm up session, with the race due to start at 12:20.
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