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Moto2 Indianapolis: Kallio pole as Rabat tumbles

Mika Kallio secured his second pole of the season with an untouchable time in qualifying for the Moto2 Indianapolis Grand Prix
Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio was unbeatable in qualifying for the Indianapolis Moto2 Grand Prix at a track the Finn doesn't favour.

Moto2 took to the circuit as it started to spit with rain, although it wasn't enough to stop the lap times falling at the reconfigured and resurfaced circuit.

Kallio's new fastest lap of 1m 36.883s was set on just his fourth lap of the Brickyard as he controlled qualifying from the front. At the flag he remained the only rider to set a time under the 1m 37s benchmark.

It is the Kalex rider's second pole of the season after also securing the top spot on the grid in Jerez, where he went on to win the race.

Team-mate and title leader Tito Rabat survived an early wobble but later took a tumble from his Marc VDS bike, being shot into the air before both rolling through the scenery - his time remained good enough to hold on to second.

Winner of the last round in Germany, Dominique Aegerter had led the way prior to qualifying and, while lacking grip, still put in a strong performance to be the top Suter for in the third.

Johann Zarco saw improvements all the way and shot into fourth for AirAsia Caterham as Simone Corsi also chipped away at his time to move up to fifth for NGM Forward Racing.

Maverick Vinales was the best of the rookies in sixth for Paginas Amarillas HP 40 ahead of Taka Nakagami, whose Idemitsu Honda team Asia bike reverted back to the setting he used with success in Qatar, where he was a podium finisher.

Eighth on the grid will be Sandro Cortese of Dynavolt Intact GP, with Interwetten Paddock's Tom Luthi ninth and Britain's Sam Lowes improving on his gap to the front on his way to tenth, the best placed of the Speed Up riders.

Just missing out on a top ten start for Sunday's race was Vinales team-mate Luis Salom, though in eleventh he was still less than a second away from Kallio's pole time.

AGR rider Jonas Folger continued to find the going tough in Indianapolis and starts down in 19th.

Londoner Gino Rea got near to his best qualifying performance of the season and is 25th on the grid.

Alex De Angelis was the first to fall after being sprung from his bike after a highside, the Tasca Racing rider initially walking away from the accident before a change of heart sw him rush back and ride his Suter to the pits for repairs, leaving him in 21st.

Ricky Cardus then saw his Tech 3 machine slide away from him and flip away with twelve minutes remaining.

Robin Mulhauser also crashed late in the session shortly before Xavier Simeon was taken out by AirAsia Caterham's Josh Herrin, at the American's home track.

Lorenzo Baldassarri was the last to fall after being swiped by a flying Cortese after the flag.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , Kallio

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