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Rookie Rins takes sensational pole in Moto2™

 Rookie Rins takes sensational pole in Moto2™

Alex Rins set the fastest ever lap time by a Moto2™ bike around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the way to his 2nd pole of the season.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s rookie Alex Rins claimed his second pole position of the season at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in an incredibly tight Moto2™ Qualifying that saw less than a second separate the top 18 riders.

Rins set the fastest ever lap time by a Moto3™ bike at the circuit, a 1’36.549, to smash Mika Kallio’s previous pole record from last year (1’36.883) and finish 0.137s ahead of Tito Rabat on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Kalex.  

Reigning Moto2™ champion Rabat has shown excellent race pace throughout the weekend as he tries to close the 65-point gap in the standings to Johann Zarco. Last year’s Moto2™ runner-up, Italtrans Racing Team’s Mika Kallio, completes the front row as he put in his best qualifying performance of the season to finish just 0.316s off the pace of Rins.

Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi (+0.337s) will start from the head of the second row, ahead of Jonas Folger (+0.456s) on the AGR Team Kalex in fifth.

Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami (+0473s) completes the second row, while Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes will have to start from seventh after crashing at turn 7 with 20 minutes left and missing a big chunk of the session.

Championship leader Johann Zarco will be forced to start from the middle of the third row after he could only manage to set the eighth fastest time on his Ajo Motorsport Kalex, with the Frenchman recorded his worst qualifying performance since Jerez (9th).

Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top ten with race winner last time out, Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), down in 16th. Tech 3’s Xavi Vierge on his debut as the permanent replacement for Ricky Cardus will start Sunday’s race from 25th on the grid.

Check out the full Moto2™ Qualifying results, the 25-lap race starts at 12:20 local time in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, QP, Mika Kallio, Alex Rins, Tito Rabat, Paginas Amarillas HP 40

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