By Lisa Lewis

Tito Rabat scored his second pole of the season after a battling for the fastest time with Tom Luthi in qualifying for the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix at Sepang.

The Tuenti HP 40 rider dominated the race from his previous pole start in Jerez and will be hoping to repeat his success in Malaysia, after having secured two wins already this season.

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The Spaniard's top time was just 0.018 quicker than his main rival for pace, Interwetten's Tom Luthi, who claimed he was "confident to stay with the leading group" on his Suter after previously feeling Rabat was impossible to match at Sepang - he had topped all of the pre-qualifying sessions.

Luthi is no stranger to success in Malaysia, having won twice - once in the 125cc class and again in the 2011 Moto2 season.

Rabat's team-mate Pol Espargaro completes the front row in third after going with a entirely different set-up from Friday as he felt it was not working.

This gives the Spanish title challenger a clear advantage over championship leader Scott Redding. With echoes of Aragon, the Briton struggled to find clear track again in Sepang, an issue which left him down in 13th on the grid at the last round.

The Marc VDS rider's pace from earlier in the day also deserted him, leaving him in 16th for much of the session.

A late recovery saw the Briton record his best lap of the weekend but it was only enough for tenth as he lacked pace on the straights, disadvantaged by his size and almost a second away from pole, leaving him in need of another excellent damage limitation performance in the race.

Johann Zarco made the best of a run shadowing Rabat to take fourth spot for Came Iodaracing Project.

Joining him on the second row will be Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio in fifth ahead of Taka Nakagami who held on to sixth with a time he set on just his second lap of qualifying.

Both the Italtrans team riders Nakagami and Julian Simon crashed within moments of each other midway though qualifying, leaving them no chance to improve their times further, Simon's time placed him 17th.

Alex De Angelis, who took victory last season at Sepang, starts from seventh for NGM Mobile Forward Racing and is the best placed Speed Up rider on the grid.

Belgian Xavier Simeon sealed eighth on the grid for the Maptaq SAG Zelos Team, Aspar's Jordi Torres completes the third row in ninth.

Nico Terol, winner of the last race in Aragon, displayed the ups and downs of being a Moto2 rider, the Aspar man finding himself off the pace in 14th.
Local rider Hafizh Syahrin qualified in 18th for Petronas Racline Malaysia, in his third wild-card performance of the season. Hopes will be high for a strong performance by the Malaysian who lead the race on his way to fourth place as a guest rider last year.

Danny Kent placed 16th on the grid for Tech3. Fellow Brit Gino Rea returned to action after being drafted in to replace Alberto Moncayo in the Arginano & Gines Racing team and qualified 25th. Rea was a podium finisher in the tricky conditions at Sepang in 2012.

Malaysian fans can also watch out for Zaqhwan Zaidi, replacing the injured Randy Krummenacher at the Technomag carXpert team who will start from 32nd.

Fellow countryman Azlan Shah, who joined Idemitsu Honda Team Asia two rounds ago got tangled up with his bike in a crash early in the session, he was initially pinned underneath before walking away, the time he had already set leaves him in 27th.

Ant West makes his 200th Grand Prix start this weekend from 23rd position on the grid, he managed well in the wet in Sepang last year to take second place in the race.