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Rabat takes Moto2™ Pole in front of home fans in Jerez

 Rabat takes Moto2™ Pole in front of home fans in Jerez

The reigning Moto2™ World Champion Tito Rabat takes pole ahead of Alex Rins and Jonas Folger in Jerez.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing’s Rabat showed that he has recovered from his dip in form that has affected him so far this season, to set a 1’42.874 despite the searing heat. With temperatures reaching over 55 degrees and affecting grip levels, his time was even more impressive as it was just under two-tenths of a second off the Moto2™ lap record set by Stefan Bradl in 2011.

The man who currently sits second in the Championship standings, rookie Alex Rins on the Paginas Amarillas HP40 Kalex, will start from the front row as he finished 0.305s seconds behind Rabat in his best qualifying effort so far this season. AGR Team’s Jonas Folger (+0327s) missed large swathes of the session with a faulty lean sensor, yet still set a time good enough for third.

Thomas Luthi (+0.385s) on the Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex was in fourth, ahead of the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia machine of Takaaki Nakagami, who will start from fifth despite crashing out of the session.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes had his worst Qualifying session of the season so far and is down in sixth, ahead of the German Sandro Cortese (7th) and the returning Axel Pons (8th).

Current Championship leader Johann Zarco will start from the third row in ninth after crashing during the session, while Julian Simon completes the top ten with less than one second separating the first eighteen riders.

Check out the full Moto2™ Qualifying results, and don’t miss the race at 12:20 local time on Sunday.

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