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Sepang pole position for rapid Espargaró

Sepang pole position for rapid Espargaró

It was Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Pol Espargaró who came out on top in a frantic Moto2™ qualifying session for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang to take pole position ahead of Scott Redding and Marc Márquez.

With conditions proving best for the grid early on in the session when track temperatures were not at their warmest, many of the front-runners set their hot laps at the start. Espargaró, who was already in the lead, pulled another fast lap out of the bag however at the end of the session to clinch his sixth pole position this year with a 2.06’962. Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding could not quite match the pace of the Spaniard, yet still managed his fifth front row start of the year in second. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez, who could potentially clinch the title tomorrow, will line up in third.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami followed up his good form from the morning to end the day in fourth, and will see JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco line up next to him in fifth. Tech 3 Racing Team’s Bradley Smith, who was riding with two broken toes in his left foot sustained yesterday in a crash, did incredibly well to put his bike sixth on the grid for tomorrow. Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat heads row three in seventh, with Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi next to him in eighth. He is marginally ahead of NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis in ninth, after sticking with Redding throughout much of the session to post his fast time. Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter completes the top ten, with Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone behind in 11th, with the Italian still not back to his usual best.

Moto2™ qualifying was a crash-strewn affair, as Nakagami’s teammate Toni Elías was the first to drop his bike, followed by Tuenti’s Axel Pons, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol, Kiefer Racing’s Mike Di Meglio and Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón. Fortunately none of the riders were seriously hurt in the incidents. The race tomorrow should prove to be a feisty one, as Espargaró must win to keep any hope of winning a world title.


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