Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex rider Pol Espargaro takes the Moto2 pole for Sundays championship race at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
Espargaro took his fifth pole position of the season and the eighth of his career in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Japanese Moto2, setting a record pole position lap in the process.
Fellow Spaniards Marc Marquez (Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter) and team mate Tito Rabat complete the front row.
Marquez went into the session courting controversy once again after no action was taken by Race Direction for his expensive and painful collision with Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio, who had skin missing from his elbow. In the morning practice session Kallio passed Marquez up the inside when the Spanish soon-to-be MotoGP rider cut back in and slammed into the back of the Finns Kalex, sending him crashing into the gravel, while Marquez remained upright.
Interviewed on the world feed during qualifying, Michael Bartholemy revealed he had made it his priority to get Mika to the Clinca Mobile but had made his upset known to Race Direction, who seemed uninterested classing it a ‘racing incident’, a move sure to upset non-Marquez supporters as the collision occurred under what should be more casual practice conditions and not in a race. The team also revealed Marquez at that point had made no effort to apologise to them.
British riders Scott Redding (Marc VDS-Kalex) and Bradley Smith (Tech3-Mistral) qualified fourth and seventh respectively.
To find out where your favourite racer starts from tomorrow take a look at my qualifying report on crash.net here: