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Moto2 Germany: Third consecutive pole for classy Zarco

Johann Zarco set his record pole lap just as the session entered the final twenty minutes and it remained untouched at the flag ahead of the German Moto2 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.
Johann Zarco looked at ease as the Frenchman enjoyed a dream run to Moto2 pole at the Sachsenring, leading the way from start to finish.

The Ajo Motorsport rider set the early pace at the start of the session then began his assault on the lap record, setting it at a final 1m 24.044s, which was to remain untouched with only a late challenge by Xavier Simeon coming close.

Zarco's third consecutive pole stand him in good stead to increase his lead in the championship further as Zarco currently holds a 100% pole to win conversion for the season.

Simeon had 22 trips around the track before finding front row pace as the session entered the final five minutes for Federal Oil Gresini.

Third went to Franco Morbidelli, completing an all Kalex front row. It is the Italians first time at the front this season after having shown promise when he originally broke the old 2013 lap record in FP3 when he topped the session, showing confidence around the German track.

Tom Luthi found pace when it counted most after struggling a little in practice, the Derendinger Racing Interwetten rider snatching fourth with Forward's Simone Corsi fifth on the eve of his 200th grand prix start.

They are joined on row two by defending champion Tito Rabat in sixth for EG 0,0 Marc VDS, fresh from his collarbone surgery following his training fall.

Seventh on the grid goes to the highest qualifying home rider Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) one place ahead of fellow countryman Jonas Folger (AGR Team) in eighth. Fellow German Marcel Schrotter starts 21st for Tech3.

Sam Lowes fell back to ninth as Folger was the only rider to improve on the run to the flag.

The British Speed Up rider found the going tough at a track traditionally troublesome for the team, suffering from a lack of grip and feel which was improved by some suspension modifications before a lack of clear track scuppered any late attempts at a stronger time.

Lowes was the only non Kalex entry inside the top 14 and all the bikes inside the top 19 are within a second of Zarco's pole time.

Mika Kallio took the final spot inside the top ten for Italtrans.

Top rookie honours in qualifying went to Alex Rins, the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider placing 12th on the Pons bike, his main rival Alex Marquez sits in 24th on the grid.

Last years pole sitter and race winner Dominique Aegerter starts 13th for Technomag Racing Interwetten.
Local rider Florian Alt took no part in qualifying after his barrel rolling crash in FP3 saw him taken to hospital after complaining of continuing dizziness.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , Zarco

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