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Moto2 Jerez: Rabat storms to debut pole position
4 May 2013 By Lisa Lewis
Tuenti HP 40 rider Tito Rabat qualified on pole for the first time in his career in the Moto2 session at the Jerez circuit.
The Spanish riders lead time of 1m43.251 was set right at the end of the session on his Pons Kalex
and was nearly half a second ahead of nearest rival and long time session leader Scott Redding.
Redding who has to settle for second on the grid for the Marc VDS team after being the pole-sitter in Austin currently leads the championship standings.
Completing an all Kalex front row was Takaaki Nakagami. His third lap for Italtrans, which made him early leader, was enough to score him third on the grid.
Rabat's team-mate and pre-season title favourite Pol Espargaro struggled somewhat all weekend and despite good form at the track – he won at Jerez in 2012 – starts on the second row of the grid in fourth.
Joining the Spaniard on the second row is Jordi Torres, the highest placed Suter rider for Aspar, in fifth and Xavier Simeon riding for the Desguaces La Torre Zelos team in sixth.
Winner last time out in Austin Nico Terol places the second of the Mapfre Aspar machines in the top ten with a seventh place start.
Marcel Schrotter continues to impress in his first full Moto2 season after leaving the Mahindra Moto3 team midway through last year and qualifies eighth for Desguaces La Torre SAG.
Tom Luthi made a successful if pain-filled return to racing after pulling out during the Texas round. Despite still suffering with his arm and shoulder fractures sustained in his testing crash, he pushed throught he pain to qualify ninth aboard his Interwetten bike.
The final top ten spot was filled by the fastest non-Kalex or Suter rider - Ant West, for the QMMF Racing Team using a Speed Up chassis.
Former Moto2 Championship winner Toni Elias was twelfth fastest for the Blusens Avintia team, his best qualifying so far this season.
Though currently joint second in the championship and a podium finisher in Texas, Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio could only manage to secure himself a 15th place start.
Danny Kent starts in 23rd for the Tech3 team, comfortably ahead of his team-mate Louis Rossi in 32nd. Fellow Brit Kyle Smith, who has won at Jerez while competing in the Spanish Championship,starts form 25th on the grid.
Both Technomag carXpert's Randy Krummenacher and Thai Honda Gresini's Ratthapark Wilairot have reached their 100th grand prix starts. They start their career milestone races from 18th and 16th respectively.
Sole Moriwaki user Yuki Takahashi enjoyed his best qualifying since joining the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia in 21st place.