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Remarkable Rabat takes pole ahead of Moto2™ farewell

Remarkable Rabat takes pole ahead of Moto2™ farewell

Tito Rabat completed his comeback from the broken radius that forced him to miss the flyways to claim his third pole position of 2015.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Rabat took his 16th Moto2™ pole position after setting a 1’35.234 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana despite still suffering with pain from the injury sustained in training before the Japanese GP. The 2014 Moto2™ champion is aiming to bow out of the intermediate class with a win in his last race in Moto2™ before he moves up to MotoGP™ in 2016.

Ajo Motorsport’s 2015 Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco secured his 13th front row start of the season as he finished just 0.138s off the pace of Rabat in second. This sets up a brilliant showdown between the two champions, with Zarco also choosing Saturday to debut the new 2016 Kalex frame that he hinted he will use in the race come Sunday.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins (+0.207s) qualified in third to record his third successive front row start. Rookie of the year Rins currently leads Rabat by just 8 points in the battle for second in the championship standings, as he looks to bounce back from his DNF at Sepang.

Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi (+0.298s) will start from the head of the second row in fourth. The Swiss rider had earlier topped the combined timesheets after FP3, but will have to start from the second row for the ninth time this season.

Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassarri (+0.460s) will start from fifth for the second race in a row, as he equalled his best qualifying performance of the season. It was a brilliant turnaround for the Italian after he had ended practice in 17th overall.

QMMF Racing Team’s Julian Simon (+0.494s) recorded his best qualifying result of the season in sixth as he finished as the leading Speed Up rider.

Axel Pons (AGR Team) will start from 7th despite a crash late on in the session, with Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Simone Corsi (Forward racing) completing the third row.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes will start from tenth on the grid after he recovered from crashing heavily at the start of the session, while there were also crashes for Alex Marquez (14th), Xavier Simeon (23rd) and Robin Mulhauser (26th).

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten) was forced to pull out of the GP after FP2 due to the pain he was suffering from his previous injuries and was replaced by Josh Hook, who finished the session in 30th.

Azlan Shah (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Louis Rossi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) pulled out of the GP after they were both involved in a heavy crash during FP3.

Check out the full Moto2™ Qualifying results; the 27-lap race starts 12:20 local time on Sunday.

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