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German Moto2: First pole for flying Aegerter

Dominique Aegerter left it late to snatch a debut pole for the German Moto2 Grand Prix at Sachsenring.
Dominique Aegerter powered to a first ever pole during the Moto2 Grand Prix qualifying session at a now sunny Sachsenring.

The Swiss rider used every inch of the track in his effort to displace the Marc VDS duo ahead of him, kerb and all. The Swiss Technomag carXpert rider eventually sealed the top spot and handed Suter their first pole of the season in the process.

Aegerter had already laid down a statement of intent when he set a new fastest lap in FP3 with a 1m 24.673.

His qualifying time was to fall just shy of that despite his lap time dropping all the way. Aegerter's pole position time of 1m 24.761 was enough to displace Mika Kallio who had held the top spot through most of the session.

The Marc VDS man claimed his Kalex was on the limit but still not able to out-pace Aegerter. The Finn put in his fastest lap on his last lap before the flag but still had to settle for second, 0.124s adrift.

Repeat circulation did not help Rabat and after a brief spell at the top the Spaniard was forced to settle for third on the grid just behind the time of his team-mate as he wrestled with his Marc VDS machine.

Last year's Sachsenring winner; Jordi Torres; was able to use his skill at the track to push his Mapfre Aspar bike into fourth.

He is joined on row two by Franco Morbidelli in fifth. The Italtrans rider was the best placed rookie at a track where his fellow Moto2 newcomers struggled on the way to his best qualifying position of the season.

The far more experienced Simone Corsi took sixth for NGM Forward Racing in a close session where the top 22 riders were all within a second of the pole time.

Seventh went to AirAsia Caterham rider Johann Zarco, while a late dash moved Tom Luthi up to eighth for Interwetten.

All the experienced riders used their Sachsenring knowledge to their advantage and Alex De Angelis was no exception as he slid his Tasca Racing bike into ninth, while 2013 pole man Xavier Simeon completed the top ten for Federal Oil Gresini.

Further down the order a lot of big names struggled at the twisty circuit.

Maverick Vinales looked uncomfortable on his Paginas Amarillas HP 40 bike in 13th though he only moved up to that position in the closing minutes. He out qualified his team-mate Luis Salom who starts in 24th.

Marcel Schrotter was the top placed home rider in 14th place for Tech 3.

Despite crashing simultaneously with SAG's Louis Rossi he was still easily ahead of AGR Team rider Jonas Folger in 20th and fellow German Sandro Cortese, who starts one place behind him in 21st for Dynavolt Intact GP.

The British riders also struggled with Speed Up rider Sam Lowes qualifying 26th after citing a lack of rear grip on corner entry. He was just one place ahead of Londoner Gino Rea in 27th on his AGT REA Racing entry.

Assen winner Ant West starts in 25th. His female wild-card team-mate Nina Prinz placed 35th and last.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , aegerter

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