Nicolas Terol followed up his practice domination with a maiden Moto2 pole position at Aragon. The Aspar rider saw off Pons Kalex duo Esteve Rabat and Pol Espargaro but crucially for the championship, Scott Redding had a miserable afternoon to qualify ten places behind Espargaro.
The entire 45 minute session was dominated by Terol who was never overtaken from the moment he set a 1:54.318 ten minutes in. What followed was something of a time attack from the former 125cc world champion who improved his own time on five separate occasions, eventually lowering the benchmark time to a 1:53.812.
It was important that Terol did keep his pace up as Rabat embarked on a similar run behind him. The no.80 would regularly set a pole-threatening first sector time but as the lap unfolded, Terol would prove the faster of the two. In the end, the Aspar Suter would finish a tenth clear while Espargaro ended the afternoon half a second down in third.
Takaaki Nakagami will continue his pursuit for a maiden Grand Prix win from the second row after qualifying fourth while Jordi Torres starts fifth on the second Aspar machine. 2012 polesitter Simone Corsi lines up sixth ahead of Julian Simon and Alex de Angelis with reigning Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese edging out Johann Zarco for ninth.
Scott Redding, who underwent an arm pump operation in the build-up to the weekend, struggled for pace throughout the session and couldn’t climb any higher than thirteenth. His Marc VDS teammate Mika Kallio didn’t fare any better though and will start alongside the Briton in fifteenth.