A supreme lap mid-way in the Moto2 qualifying session at Mugello allowed British star Sam Lowes to secure pole position for the third time this season, with a best time of 1m 51.965s.

Setting his lap on the hard tyre he plans to use in the race, Lowes gave the Italian Gresini team a home pole, mirroring his performance of 2015 at the circuit where he also took the top spot on the grid.

None of the other Moto2 riders had an answer to his lap, with Taka Nakagami the best of the rest, back on form at a track he loves to secure second thanks to his early pace for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia.

The Italian Forward Team also had much to celebrate with Lorenzo Baldassarri's third lap good enough to secure him his first ever front row start at his home grand prix.

AGR Team too had a great day with Axel Pons in fourth and Marcel Schrotter fifth.

They are joined on row two by Ajo Motorsport's reigning Moto2 champion Johann Zarco, one of just a few riders to make improvements late on.

A late crash saw Speed Up rider Simone Corsi unable to improve, though he lost no places as the clock ran down to hold eighth.

Similarly, championship leader Alex Rins was running with fast red sectors on the clock when he too ended his day in the gravel at turn two, leaving the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider in ninth.

Luca Marini impressed as his qualifying results continue to improve, the Forward Racing rider was the top rookie performer in tenth, equalling his best grid start from the last round in Le Mans.

Sandro Cortese returned from injury in style to claim eleventh for the Dynavolt Intact GP Team. His team-mate Jonas Folger was down in 17th.

Danny Kent starts 18th for the Leopard team, unable to match his practice form which saw him in the top four.

Ratthatpark Wilairot was the first to crash out, and the only other faller in the session, he starts 23rd.

Ricky Cardus returns to Moto2 to fill in for the injured Efren Vazquez on the JP Moto Malaysia Suter and will fill the 25th grid slot.



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