Pons Kalex rider Pol Espargaro sped through the tricky conditions to storm to pole with a perfectly timed lap on the Tuenti Movil HP 40 machine, his time of 1m33.705 set before the drizzle returned was faster than the time set by Blusens CRT rider Ivan Silva during the MotoGP qualifying session. The lap was also a new record at the circuit for the Moto2 class.
Espargaro needs to win in Sundays race and for Marquez to score less than two points top take his title hopes into the final round at Valencia. Marc Marquez starts from third on his Catalunya Caixa Repsol sponsored Suter.
Between the Spanish rivals on the grid is Marc VDS racer Scott Redding who with two rounds to go has already set a new highest ever points total for a British rider in a season of intermediate class racing.
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