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Super Sam smashes record to take Moto2™ pole

Super Sam smashes record to take Moto2™ pole

Sam Lowes took his third pole of the season ahead of Rins and Zarco in a dramatic session that saw Tito Rabat crash.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes pulled off an incredible record-breaking lap to take his third pole position of the season at the Octo British Grand Prix to the delight of the home fans.

The British rider was forced to push his bike back to the pits after running out of fuel during the session, but responded brilliantly. Lowes managed to get back out with five minutes remaining and stayed calm to set a sensational 2'06.345, obliterating Takaaki Nakagami’s pole record (2’07.186) from 2013 in the process.  

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins (+0.058s) had been quickest after practice and thought he had secured pole with only seconds left on the clock. The rookie Spaniard had gone under the pole record in FP3 and went even quicker in qualifying but even he had no response to Lowes pace. The Spaniard eventually having to settle for second, his fifth front row start of the season.

Moto2™ championship leader, Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco, completes a front row that was separated by just 0.074s as the top six all went under Nakagami’s previous pole record time.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Tito Rabat (+0.243s) finished the session in fourth but suffered a nasty looking highside on his very last lap. The Spaniard was taken to the Medical Centre grasping his right knee after losing the rear and taking out Dominique Aegerter in the process, but was later declared fit.

Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi (+0.456s) will start from fifth, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (+0.494s) on the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex in sixth, with AGR Team’s Jonas Folger in seventh.

Lorenzo Baldassari (Forward Racing), Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) complete the top ten.

British wildcard Bradley Ray on the FAB-Racing FTR machine will start from the back of the grid in 31st.

Check out the full Moto2™ Qualifying results, the 19-lap race starts 11:20 local time on Sunday.

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