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Moto2 Malaysia: Zarco dominates in tricky conditions for pole

Johann Zarco gave himself the best chance of retaining his title, over two seconds clear in pole after qualifying for the Moto2 Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.
Johann Zarco controlled Moto2 qualifying at Sepang with an amazing set of fast laps to hand him a clear pole position, over two seconds clear as he managed his wet tyres on the damp track for a best of 2m 18.621.

The Ajo Motorsport riders closest rival on track was pace setter Franco Morbidelli, the Estrella Galicia rider continuing his strong form to rival Zarco at the top of the timesheets until the Frenchman pulled clear with an impressive display.

Title rivals Tom Luthi and Alex Rins faltered – the Garage Plus Interwetten riders late push elevated him to just fifth, while injured Paginas Amarillas HP 40 man Rins was a distant 23rd.

By contrast the final front row place went to risk taker Axel Pons. The AGR Team racer rode with slick Dunlop tyres in his Kalex for his last run as the track dried, a move that paid off, catapulting the Spaniard to third.

Jonas Folger was frustrated by his best lap, which left him vulnerable, but held on for fourth for the Dynavolt Intact GP rider.

The German is joined on row two by Luthi and early leader, Forward rider Lorenzo Baldassarri in sixth.

Seventh went to Xavier Simeon on the sole remaining QMMF entry, with Mattia Pasini holding on to eighth for Italtrans.

Remy Gardner put in a best ever qualifying performance to secure ninth for Tasca Racing, with Simone Corsi completing the top ten for Speed Up.

Petronas were rewarded by wild-card Ramdan Rosli, the best placed home rider in twelfth despite a crash , beating their regular charge Hafizh Syahrin who will start from 14th.

Sam Lowes was the best placed British rider in 13th, while Danny Kent was 24th. Alessandro Nocco again replaces the injured Miguel Oliveira at Leopard and out-qualified Kent in 16th.

The first crash on track saw Xavi Vierge clipped by Luca Marini, Simone Corsi was also a late faller.

Julian Simon was declared unfit to ride earlier in the weekend after fracturing two vertebrae in his back.

by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: moto2 , Zarco

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October 29, 2016 8:51 PM
Last Edited 240 days ago

Wow, have we ever seen a performance so dominant in Moto2? Surely the title is Zarco's tomorrow! With that pace he should theoretically be winning the race by miles. But Luthi is in a good enough position to fight unlike poor Alex. Such a weak qualifying makes me think he is still not anywhere near a decent level of fitness. Great showing from Franco Morbidelli, once again just falling short, but next season will be his time to shine. Also Axel Pons, brilliant work, don't do anything silly in the race this time though! One more thing - does anyone else notice like I do that Sandro Cortese always crashes in the final five minutes of a session? Happens so many times!

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