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Aragon Moto2: Late pace sees Lowes bounce back for pole

Sam Lowes looked back to his best as he powered to the top of the timesheets for pole in qualifying for the Moto3 Aragon Grand Prix.
Sam Lowes hailed consistent fast pace as the key to claiming pole position for the Moto2 Aragon Grand Prix.

The British rider could put in lap after lap in the 1.53's with his best of 1m53.207s enough to snag the top spot on the grid aboard his Gresini, though competition in the race should be tough with the times close behind.

Alex Marquez was just 0.054s shy of the pole lap after holding the top spot for the longest spell, second on the grid with Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS is his best Saturday performance since moving up to the Moto2 class.

The final front row spot went to Taka Nakagami, one of the riders having a stronger second half of the season after finishing on the podium in the last two races for Idemitsu.

Early leader Jonas Folger held on to fourth for Dynavolt Intact GP.

Reigning champion Johann Zarco will be hoping to extend his current slim title lead from fifth. The Ajo Motorsport riders main title rival Alex Rins started his weekend with gastroenteritis but the Pons rider rallied to put in a performance good enough for thirteenth.

Lorenzo Baldassarri ran himself over as his bike spun away as the first faller in the session With 27 minutes remaining he had plenty of time to recover and returned for sixth for Forward Racing.

Franco Morbidelli improved to seventh on the second Marc VDS entry, while Tom Luthi looked frustrated with the late traffic, leaving the Garage Plus Interwetten man eighth.

Axel Pons was the top AGR Team rider in ninth, with Mattia Pasini also squeezing into the top ten for Italtrans.

Steven Odendaal rejoins the paddock after being given a Moto2 seat at AGR Team after winning the Moto2 Spanish Championship with them. He marked his return with an 18th place start.

There are two wild-cards present for the Aragon round -Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo Motorsport Academy) and Alan Techer (NTS T Pro Project). They start 21st and 26th respectively.

Both were ahead of the sole remaining Leopard rider Danny Kent, who struggled down in 28th

Miguel Oliveira played no part after breaking his collarbone in FP1 after a clash with Morbidelli. The Italian picked up a one place penalty for tomorrows race which will move him down to eighth and a penalty point.

Xavi Vierge was the only other faller in the session.

by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , lowes

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