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Moto2 Silverstone: Home hero Lowes takes pole after fuel drama

Sam Lowes turned disaster into a record breaking pole position in Saturday's qualifying session for the British Moto2 Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Sam Lowes ended a drama filled qualifying with his second Moto2 pole position following a gutsy performance to rescue his session involving running with his bike back to the pits after running out of fuel on the opposite side of the track at the British round of the championship at Silverstone.

Speed Up rider Lowes admitted missing his board telling him to come in to refuel resulting in the British rider racing back to the pits to rejoin with just six minutes left to make a difference.

The lap record had already fallen again, to Tito Rabat and Alex Rins, who had been peerless in the morning practice session when he had originally smashed the record. A determined Lowes' final run saw him put in everything he had and come out with pole for his home grand prix.

His best of 2m 06.345 after making the difference with a majestic final sector was enough to push Rins back into second, just 0.058 behind after the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider had looked on to echo his practice success. Rins' form at Silverstone is all the more impressive given his second bout of arm pump surgery since the last race.

The final front row spot went to another Kalex rider, championship leader Johann Zarco, who improved with a personal best towards the close of the session, though it was not enough to stop the Ajo Motorsport man losing a position, leaving him third.

Rabat had lead longest until the fast laps started flying in late on and his final effort for improvement saw the EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider crash hard, with Dominique Aegerter unable to avoid the Kalex in front of him as he had been following and also fell. Rabat was unable to stand when he attempted to move and was stretchered away from the track and was diagnosed with heavy bruising in the medical centre. He qualified fourth.

Tom Luthi will take fifth spot on the grid for Derendinger Racing Interwetten with the final place on the second row filled by Taka Nakagami for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia after showing a return to form being near the top of the timesheets every session so far this weekend.

Jonas Folger made a late improvement from a provisional ninth to seventh for AGR Team, just faster than Lorenzo Baldassarri who settles for eighth for Forward racing.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS' Alex Marquez and Sandro Cortese never improved after their early fast laps as the pair fell leaving them ninth and tenth respectively.

Injured Franco Morbidelli misses the British grand prix and is replaced this weekend by Federico Caricasulo at Italtrans, the Italian starts 30th

Sam Lowes is not the lone Brit in the field this week as he is joined by wild-card Bradley Ray (FAB-Racing FTR) Ray will start from 31st as he gets to grips with a Moto2 bike.

Luis Salom survived an early wobble which left him gravel bound just before Sandro Cortese's Dynavolt Intact GP bike flew at the scenery, though amazingly it was in good enough condition to ride back to the pits.

Salom ran off again shortly before Alex Marquez took a fall at turn one with eight minutes remaining.

by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , lowes

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