Luthi Takes Pole Before Rain Hits Sepang


Thomas Luthi smashed the Sepang Moto2 lap record to claim his first pole position of the 2015 season in Malaysia. The Swiss rider knocked half a second off the previous record set by Johann Zarco in morning practice with the new world champion forced to settle for second on the grid.

With the storm crowds rolling in and thunder in the air, there was a greater sense of urgency at the start of qualifying with everyone keen to get a time on the board before the rain arrived. Sandro Cortese set the initial benchmark on a 2:07.634 but Luthi soon established his superiority by ducking straight into the 2:06s on his first attempt.

Zarco would soon join Luthi in that particular time bracket but the Interwetten rider wasn’t finished and stretched his lead back out to half a second on his next lap. That would ultimately prove enough to secure pole position with Zarco’s improvement to a 2:06.510 coming moments before the rain finally arrived at Sepang.

Alex Rins also beat the weather to go third, the only other rider to break the 2:07 barrier, while Jonas Folger took fourth ahead of Phillip Island star Lorenzo Baldassarri. Cortese was relegated to sixth ahead of Takaaki Nakagami and Britain’s Sam Lowes while Alex Marquez and Xavier Simeon completed the top ten.

 

MOTO2 SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING RESULT

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
112. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten2:06.383
25. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport2:06.510
340. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 402:06.837
494. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team2:07.070
57. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing2:07.199
611. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP2:07.224
730. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia2:07.422
822. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing2:07.499
973. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS2:07.515
1019. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto22:07.522
113. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing2:07.533
1260. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team2:07.549
1339. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 402:07.635
1436. Mika KallioSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team2:07.636
1525. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia2:07.643
1649. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team2:07.695
1723. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 32:08.195
1855. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia2:08.206
1921. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:08.326
2010. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG2:08.377
2170. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten2:08.416
2296. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto22:08.512
234. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto22:08.512
2488. Ricard CardusSuterJPmoto Malaysia2:08.700
2597. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 32:09.066
2657. Edgar PonsKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:09.086
2766. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team2:09.367
282. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG2:09.682
2916. Joshua HookKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten2:10.203
3093. Ramdan RosliKalexPetronas AHM Malaysia2:10.268