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Rookie Rins on pole in Moto2™

Rookie Rins on pole in Moto2™

Alex Rins claims his third Moto2™ pole position of the season ahead of Axel Pons and Sam Lowes at Phillip Island.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Rins took advantage of ideal conditions at the historic Phillip Island circuit to set a 1’32.523 to claim his 16th career GP pole position. The Spaniard had ended Practice on top of the overall timesheets and carried that form into Qualifying to finish 0.214s ahead of Axel Pons on the AGR Team Kalex.

Pons pulled off the ride of the day in Moto2™ to surprise everyone and record his first ever front row start in second, 26 years after his father qualified in the same position at Phillip Island for the 250cc race.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes (+0.264s) completed the front row despite a heavy crash at turn 6 with 12 minutes to go bringing his participation in the session to a premature end. It was Lowes' 7th front row start of the season and first since Silverstone, although the Brit had a nervous wait at the end of the session to see if he would be deposed.

Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi (+0.361s) heads up the second row in a session that saw less than a second separate the top 17 riders.

QMMF Racing Team’s Mika Kallio (+0.434s) pulled off his best qualifying result since Indianapolis in fifth, while Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami (+0.445s) carried his pace from practice to qualify in sixth. Ajo Motorsport’s freshly crowned Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco could only mange seventh on the grid as he put in his worst performance since the Indianapolis GP.

Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) and Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team) completed the top ten while Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) will start from 19th in his return from injury.

Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) pulled out of the weekend’s action after a heavy crash in FP2 aggravated the Spaniard’s broken radius in his left arm.

Check out the full Moto2™ Qualifying results; the 25-lap race starts at 14:20 local time on Sunday.

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