Mattia Pasini claimed his fourth pole in a row with record pace as he took control of qualifying for the Moto2 Misano Grand Prix.

The Italian, from nearby Rimini, had never had a Moto2 pole before this season but again had pace to top the timesheets with his best of 1m 37.390s holding on from the middle of the session though he lapped close to his own pole pace throughout.

The Italtrans rider looked ecstatic with his performance, punching the air, while also wearing a replica Marco Simoncelli helmet in honour of his late friend, whom the track is also now named after.

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli turned up the pace in pursuit of his fellow countryman, and despite giving everything on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS bike, still came up just 0.083s short.

The Kalex Pair are joined on the front row by a Suter rider, with Kiefer’s Dominique Aegerter translating his consistent pace into a third place grid start, all the more remarkable considering his tricky weekend off track, including having his helmet stolen.

Last seasons Misano winner, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) will look to reset his season with a good result from fourth.

He is joined on row two by Silverstone winner Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) in fifth and top rookie Pecco Bagnaia in sixth for Sky Racing Team VR46.

A quiet session with little progress sees Tom Luthi looking to reduce the championship gap from seventh with CarXpert Interwetten.

Simone Corsi was again the better of the Speed Up riders in eighth.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP40) complete the top ten on the grid.

Forward run three bikes this weekend with the wild-card addition of Federico Fuligni who starts 32nd, one place behind Kiefer rider Tarran Mackenzie who also had a helmet stolen this weekend.

Alex Marquez misses the rest of the weekend after sustaining injury, including internal bleeding, following a highside in Friday Practice.


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