Pol Espargaro took pole in Valencia’s Moto2 qualifying session at the Ricardo Tormo circuit but a late crash meant an anxious few minutes of sweating it out in the pits were needed as the laps got faster for most as the clock ticked down.
Espargaro’s time was a new pole lap record for Moto2 at the Cheste track, his eighth pole of the season and his fourth in a row.
Marc Marquez was second fastest but starts from the back for Sunday’s race after he was penalised for his agressive collision with Ioda’s Simone Corsi in FP2. In the press conference he promised to “make something crazy” to perform well in the race, he has already shown the capability to win from last this season at Motegi.
Third was Tom Luthi who nudged out Italtrans rider Nakagami at the last second, but he will make the front row after Marquez demotion is taken into account.
Moto2 at Valencia always throws up an interesting result with Karel Abraham the surprise winner two years ago and last years rostrum consisting of winner Michele Pirro, who gave it all in memory to Simoncelli for Gresini, Mika Kallio, and Dominique Aegerter, who on getting his first podium promptly had his long hair cut off in celebration in parc ferme!
For a detailed qualifying run down and to see where you favourite riders start on Sunday see my qualifying report at crash.net, available here: