MotoGP »

Moto2: Espargaro dominant to take Phillip Island pole

Tom Luthi heads up the second row of the grid for Interwetten-Paddock starting his Suter in fourth while Takaaki Nakagami made late improvements to snatch fifth for Italtrans.

Returning Randy Krummenacher qualified sixth for Team Switzerland, who will not compete next season as they were not allocated a place in the class.

Top rookie Johann Zarco finds himself at the front of row three in seventh for JIR (Motobi) followed by
Andrea Iannone for Speed Master (Speed Up) in eighth.

Also on the third row is Ant West, who continued his form from the wet Sepang podium for QMMF Speed Up to claim his best qualifying so far - despite a crash in the closing minutes at his home circuit.

Espargaro's team-mate Tito Rabat starts tenth, with the third member of the Pons squad, Axel Pons, in 13th.

Bradley Smith missed much of qualifying after a fast crash. The Briton walked away uninjured but with a heavily damaged Tech 3 bike, leaving him 15th.

Toni Elias, now confirmed at Blusens on a Kalex for next season, placed his Italtrans in 18th on the grid.

Winner of the last two Australian Moto2 grands prix and victor in Sepang, Alex de Angelis, fell from his Forward Racing FTR late in the session and suffered a possible hand injury. He qualified down in 22nd.

After his podium in Malaysia, Federal Oil Gresini's Gino Rea will start just 24th.





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pol Espargaro, Moto2, Australian MotoGP 2012
Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda [pic credit: Pete McLaren]
Scott Redding
Movistar Yamaha bikes at Brno test (Pic: Yamaha).
Marc Marquez tests 2015 Honda (pic: Repsol Honda)
Baldassarri and Mahias crash, Moto2 race, Czech MotoGP 2014
Fabio Di Giannantonio, Joan Mir, Stefano Manzi, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup Race 2014
Joan Mir, Wins, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup Race 2014
Red Bull Rookies, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup Race 2014
Joan Mir, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup Race 2014
Joan Mir, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup Race 2014
Jorge Martin, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup Race 2014
Joan Mir, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup Race 2014
Jorge Martin, Wins, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup 2014
Jorge Martin, Wins, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup 2014
Ray, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup 2014
Ray, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup 2014
Manuel Pagliani, Czech Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


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.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.