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Espargaro smashes own record en route to pole

Espargaro smashes own record en route to pole

New Moto2™ World Champion Pol Espargaro is in great form at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, setting a new pole position record of 1'34.957 to head the grid for his final race in the class, ahead of Simone Corsi and Jordi Torres.

Espargaro was in scintillating form as he became the only rider to dive underneath the 95-second barrier, a comfortable three tenths of a second ahead as his Tuenti HP 40 machine sailed to a seventh pole position of the campaign. Italy’s Corsi prevented an all-Spanish front row for NGM Mobile Racing, while Torres picked up a second third-place qualifying result in three race meetings.

Espargaro’s teammate Tito Rabat missed out on a front row starting position by seven thousandths of a second, with only a further four thousandths back to Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi which promises an exciting fight on Sunday. The top six was rounded out by Nico Terol, Torres’ teammate at Aspar as the team prepares for its home race. Alex de Angelis will head Row 3 for NGM Mobile Forward Racing, with Came Iodaracing Project’s Johann Zarco and Maptaq SAG Zelos Team’s Xavier Simeon alongside him in eighth and ninth slots.

A tough weekend for Marc VDS Racing Team ended in 12th and 17th places for Mika Kallio and the injured Scott Redding, while there were star performances from Gino Rea (Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing) and Franco Morbidelli to achieve respective 13th and 23rd places. Blusens Avintia’s Alex Mariñelarena has been declared unfit and was therefore unable to take part in the qualifying session, leaving a 33-rider field ahead of Sunday afternoon’s 27-lap encounter.

The Moto2™ GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana will commence at 12:20pm local time (GMT +1) on Sunday.


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