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Moto2: Espargaro dominant to take Phillip Island pole

Pol Espargaro secures pole position in qualifying for the Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island with a lap fast enough to make the MotoGP race grid.
By Lisa Lewis

Pons Kalex rider Pol Espargaro took pole position in the Moto3 qualifying session at Phillip Island in a session which started under sunny, drying conditions only to see the rain return.

The Spaniard's lap of 1m 33.705 set before the drizzle returned is the fastest lap ever by a Moto2 bike around the track and would have qualified him ahead of Ivan Silva's 1000cc Blusens FTR-Kawasaki on the MotoGP grid.

It is Espargaro's seventh pole of the season, but the Tuenti Movil HP 40 rider needs at least a race win - and Marquez to score less than two points - to take the championship into the final round.

Espargaro said in the press conference that he “is confident with the motorbike” and is looking to do all he can in Sunday's “difficult fight”.

With a time +0.559 behind, Scott Redding will be looking to add to his championship points from second on grid for Marc VDS Kalex.

Redding's current total of 148 is already set the highest points tally for a British rider in a single season of intermediate class racing. The Englishman had been fastest overall from combined practice and was easily ahead of team-mate Mika Kallio who starts from 14th.

World Championship leader Marc Marquez needs to lead by 25 points by the end of the weekend to take the crown, the gap between him and rival Espargaro currently sitting at 48.

He is well positioned to do this from third place on the grid and is looking to secure the title in Australia stating the race is “not his battle now”.

The Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter rider also added he is not happy with the set up of his bike, after technical problems in practice had cut the time he had to work on the performance.

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Pot Kettle - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 1:06 PM

This must be the final nail in the coffin of Crap.Racing.Technology (C.R.T's) Dorna will ruin the whole class soon if there past is anything to go by. We had 1000cc before AND we had some great private teams involved in it, until Dorna decided to change to 800cc and effectively ended the participation of Teams K. Roberts, Harris, Ilmor, MUZ, Proton because they could not afford to develop a useless 800cc machine (and they probably knew that if they did spend millions on an 800cc Dorna would change the rules to 1000cc again in a couple of years) Yeah way to go Dorna, fantastic effort!!

Kettle Pot - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 5:45 PM

No matter how often it's explained that the 800s and the 21litre fuel limit were brought in by the MSMA, (dominated by Honda), and not Dorna, some people never learn. It's easier to keep blaming their favourite bogeyman than engaging their brain.

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