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Rabat rules Moto2™ Qualifying

Rabat rules Moto2™ Qualifying

Tito Rabat takes his second pole position of the season ahead of rivals Alex Rins and Johann Zarco at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Rabat set a 1’52.232 in the glorious sunshine at MotorLand Aragon to re-write history and take over a second off Marc Marquez’s 2011 Pole Record (1’53.296). Amazingly, Rabat managed 14 laps under the old record and in the process set the fastest ever lap by a Moto2™ bike around the Alcaniz track to claim his 15th career Moto2™ pole position.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins was just 0.035s off the pace of the reigning Moto2™ World Champion as he secured his seventh front row start of the season in an incredibly close session that saw less than a second seperate the top fifteen riders. The current championship leader Johann Zarco completed the front row although he was 0.427s off the pace of Rabat. The Frenchman has a 93-point advantage over Rabat and can lift the title on Sunday if results go his way.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes (+0.440s) recovered from a nasty looking crash in turn 17 halfway through the session to set a time good enough for fourth on his very last lap. The Brit was the only non-Kalex machine in the top 20 and will head up the fourth row from Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami (+0.548s). Nakagami had been on the provisional front row on combined times after FP3 and he managed to equal his best qualifying performance of the season to start from fifth.

Rabat’s rookie teammate Alex Marquez will start from sixth, the Spaniard’s best ever Moto2™ grid position. AGR Team’s Jonas Folger heads up the third row ahead of Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) and his teammate Axel Pons, while Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) completed the top ten.

Mika Kallio impressed on his debut for the Forward Racing team as he out-qualified his teammate Julian Simon (16th) in fifteenth. Kallio’s replacement in the Italtrans Racing Team, Federico Caricasulo, has pulled out of the rest of the weekend due to an injured AC joint sustained at the WorldSBK round in Jerez, which he aggravated on Friday in a crash in FP1. Edgar Pons was making his debut for the Italtrans Racing Team this weekend and ended the session in 23rd.

Check out the full Moto2™ Qualifying results; the 21-lap race starts at 12:20 local time on Sunday.

Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, QP, Johann Zarco, Tito Rabat, Alex Rins, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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