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Moto2 Silverstone: Zarco eases to first pole with Caterham

Johann Zarco dominated on his way to pole position in Saturday's qualifying session for the British Moto2 Grand Prix.
Johann Zarco took his first Moto2 pole - also a first pole for the Air Asia Caterham team in their short history in the class - as he outclassed the opposition in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday.

With his best lap of 2m 07.094 being set on just his tenth tour of the circuit the Frenchman was rarely absent from the top of the timesheets as he eased his Suter to a best ever performance as the conditions cooled and the wind dropped.

He is joined on the front row by the Kalex of Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio in second, who was 0.373s off the top time after feeling he was missing something on his bike and trying various set ups to improve lap times, and a consistent Simone Corsi in third for NGM Forward Racing, also a Kalex rider.

A frustrated and angry Tito Rabat finds himself off the front row for just the second time this year, punching his fuel tank twice as he crossed the line in fourth for Marc VDS. The championship leader has so far only seen victory come from a pole start this season.

Also on row two are Jonas Folger, who set the pace in practice and remained fast for fifth for AGR and the second quickest of the Suter riders, Tom Luthi, whose one flying lap was enough to push for sixth for Interwetten Paddock.

Sam Lowes was the top Briton in Moto2 and the top Speed Up rider as grit and determination helped him secure seventh in one of his strongest qualifying performances this season.

Maverick Vinales also starts on row three, he found himself in eighth for Paginas Amarillas HP 40 after having a quick lap cancelled for exceeding the track limits.

Sandro Cortese holds ninth on the grid for Dynavolt Intact GP, while Italtrans' Franco Morbidelli completes the top ten courtesy of following Lowes during his quickest lap.

Axel Pons looked set for a top five start all weekend until it came to the crucial moment in qualifying and just missed out in eleventh, in turn Pons was only just faster than the improving Taka Nakagami, who is beginning to find his feet again in twelfth in a competitive session.

Dominique Aegerter was surprisingly low down the order in 19th for Technomag carXpert.

Nico Terol's replacement for Silverstone, Dakota Mamola, placed his Aspar 33rd.

50 year-old wild-card Jeremy McWilliams crashed the Brough Superior Racing entry twice - once early on after suffering front end issues,and again at the end of the session, though nine seconds off the pace of Zarco he should be able to race as he had already set a time inside the 107% rule.

Also falling was Hafizh Syahrin, who had a slip on the Petronas Raceline Malaysia machine, while Briton Gino Rea also ran onto the gravel in the closing seconds, the Londoner starts 26th.

Tetsuta Nagashima was declared unfit to race after his FP3 clash with Azlan Shah left him with right shoulder and leg fractures.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , Zarco

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