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Moto2 Indianapolis: Record-shattering pace hands Rins pole

An electric lap by Alex Rins proved too much for his rivals as the rookie set a new pole position record at the Moto2 Indianapolis Grand Prix
Alex Rins pushed his Kalex to the limit before the temperature rose at the 'Brickyard' to secure an impressive pole ahead of the Moto2 Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider returned to pole for the first time since Le Mans after a blistering 1m 36.549s lap took apart last seasons pole record, building on a strong start to the weekend for the Spaniard who had already shown his hand in practice where he had already set a new best lap of the track.

The rookie was challenged by a whole host of riders able to post fast first sectors but it was to be reigning champion Tito Rabat who would come closest, securing second for EG 0,0 Marc VDS while 0.137 adrift of the pole time, despite some relentless lapping.

The final front row spot went to last years pole man and race winner Mika Kallio, the Italtrans rider able to find something extra at a track where he has had success on his penultimate lap of the track.

The Finn displaced Tom Luthi,who achieved his fastest lap with an amazing slipstream behind Jesko Raffin, moving the Interwetten rider onto the second row in fourth.

Also on row two are double race winner Jonas Folger for AGR Team in fifth, improving after a late push and Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) in sixth, on the pace all weekend with a great return to form.

Sam Lowes, already fighting illness, bobbled off his Speed Up with twenty minutes remaining when in fourth on the timesheets. He returned after repairs and alterations and held on for a solid seventh despite the front end crash.

Championship leader Johann Zarco had struggled for pace in practice and again put in a troubled performance, qualifying down in eighth for Ajo Motorsport after having taken pole in the last three successive rounds.

Ninth on the grid goes to Franco Morbidelli on the second Italtrans entry, with Sandro Cortese pulling out his best lap at the end of the session for tenth after a great save when his front locked up had kept him upright and in contention.

Just missing out on a top ten start were Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten) in eleventh, a confident Azlan Shah (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) in twelfth and Alex Marquez, who improved his time with some laps behind his team-mate Rabat for 13th.

Julian Simon (QMMF Racing) placed 17th on the grid ahead of his 200th grand prix start.

Xavier Vierge, replacing Ricky Cardus at Tech 3, qualified 25th on his debut.

Axel Pons was the first to fall when he collided with Florian Alt at turn ten with 34 minutes remaining. Randy Krummenacher also crashed out towards the end of the session.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , Rins

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