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Moto2 Brno: Early record pace puts Zarco clear for pole

Johann Zarco eased to pole with an untouchable new record lap set near the start of qualifying for the Moto2 Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.
Johann Zarco took just five laps of the Brno track to seal pole with a stunning new record lap, which remained untouched by his rivals as the clock counted down in qualifying for the Moto2 Czech Grand Prix.

The championship leader found pace early on aboard his Ajo Motorsport Kalex machine and has put himself in the perfect position to attempt to extend his lead further, admitting he is looking for a win in Brno after the session,with only early session leader Tito Rabat also under the old lap record, previously held by Rabat himself.

The EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider credit changes made to his bike late yesterday for his progress, with his style of long stints on track showing he has the pace to compete over race distance.

In a session where the track temperature rose and many of the best times were set in the opening laps it was rookie Alex Rins who used the whole session to progress up the timesheets.

An early run off track after missing a gear did little to deter the Indianapolis winner as he picked off the places and rose up the timesheets, coming tantalisingly close to bettering Rabat's time on his final lap on his way to third for Paginas Amarillas HP40.

The rise of Rins pushed Sandro Cortese off the front row and into fourth for Dynavolt Intact GP, at a track where the German has a history of success.

Tom Luthi took fifth just ahead of his Interwetten team-mate Dominique Aegerter in sixth. Both pushed ahead of Alex Marquez who has been closer to the pace all weekend but was forced to settle for seventh for EG 0,0 Marc VDS.

Eighth went to Franco Morbidelli, who also managed to improve his pace over the closing minutes, moving up from twelfth for Italtrans.

The top ten is completed by the AGR Team riders Axel Pons and Jonas Folger in ninth and tenth respectively, though a little below expectations for Folger who had lead the way in the third and final practice session.

Sam Lowes session began as a nightmare, the British rider unhappy with his set-up changes on the out-lap to start the session, pulling straight back in to change his front forks and revert to his morning settings.

The Speed Up rider kept composure while waiting and immediately found his rhythm on his return, slotting straight into the top ten only to see his qualifying ruined when his rear suspension collapsed with just eight minutes remaining.

Lowes kept his cool and was glad to have got such a big disaster out of the way before the race. He starts 13th.

The Spanish Moto2 championship leader Edgar Pons returns for another wild-card appearance at the Pons team, and placed his Paginas Amarillas HP40 27th on the grid.

Louis Rossi was the first rider to crash out of the action, losing his front end and barrel-rolling through the gravel with 33 minutes remaining. Minutes later Julian Simon had a near exact crash to the French rider at the same corner. A late crash at turn eleven saw Simone Corsi play a waiting game to hold on for twelfth.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , Zarco

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