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Luthi takes first Moto2™ pole of 2015

Luthi takes first Moto2™ pole of 2015

Thomas Luthi secures his first pole position since Qatar in 2012 in a rain affected Qualifying ahead of Johann Zarco and Alex Rins.

Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Luthi set a 2’06.383 on just his third lap of the session to record his eighth career GP pole position, smashing Pol Espargaro’s 2012 Pole Record (2’06.962) by over half a second in the process. The thunder and rain came with 15 minutes left in the session, effectively ending anyone’s chances of beating this time and bringing Qualifying to a rather subdued end. It is only the third time that Luthi will start from the front row in 2015 as the Swiss rider topped a session that saw over a second separate the top 7 riders.

Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco will start from the front row for the 13th time this season as he set a time good enough for second, just 0.127s off the pace of Luthi. The French rider is aiming for the eighth win of his championship-winning season come Sunday.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Moto2™ rookie of the year, Alex Rins (+0.454s), will start from third with the Spaniard claiming his ninth front row start of the season. AGR Team’s Jonas Folger (+0.687s) finds himself on the second row for the fifth time this season as he starts from 4th.

Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassari (+0.816s) improved dramatically from 11th on the combined timesheets after FP3 to qualify in fifth. It was the 18-year-olds best ever Moto2™ qualifying result and follows on from his career-first Moto2™ podium at Phillip Island.

Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese (+0.841s) will start the race from sixth in his best qualifying result since he started from fourth at Brno. Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing), Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) completed the top ten.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Tito Rabat is missing the Malaysian GP to allow him to focus on recovering from the broken radius in his left arm.

Check out the full Moto2™ Qualifying results; Warm Up is at 10:10 and the 19-lap race at 13:20 local time on Sunday.

Moto2, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP, Johann Zarco, Alex Rins, Thomas Luthi, Derendinger Racing Interwetten

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