Sam Lowes is eager to grasp his chance to slash Alex Rins' narrow five-point lead in the Moto2 World Championship after blasting to pole at Mugello.

The Federal Oil Gresini rider lapped in 1m 51.965s to nail down the prime position on the grid at the Italian circuit, only 0.047 seconds ahead of Takaaki Nakagami on the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia machine.

With title rival Alex Rins back on row three in ninth, British rider Lowes hopes he can take full advantage of his pole start with little between the pair at the top of the championship table after the first five rounds.

"I think in Moto2 it's a really tight class and every weekend you need to be in the front and for sure [Alex] Rins will be there tomorrow, he's a great rider having a great season and for sure he will fight," Lowes said.

"But also I'm in a better position and I need to make it count. I'll do all I can to win tomorrow and I can't wait for the race. I think it can be a really nice day tomorrow.

"I did my best lap on the hard tyre, which is important for the race," he added.

"I actually expected to go a little bit faster at the end with the soft tyre but we didn't have a good feeling."

Lowes is a massive fan of the Mugello circuit and is lapping up the atmosphere this weekend in Italy.

"For me, it is one of the most fantastic places to ride the bike and also the circuit is fantastic, and the fans and atmosphere especially after MotoGP qualifying was incredible," he said.

"For me, this weekend is a little bit different and I've worked a lot for the race and I feel really confident for tomorrow."



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