Impressive Zarco On Pole Position in Barcelona

by Louis Suddaby

Johann Zarco is well placed to extend his Moto2 championship lead after claiming pole position for the Catalunya Grand Prix. The Frenchman set the fastest ever Moto2 lap of the Circuit de Catalunya to outpace Jonas Folger while defending champion Tito Rabat took the final place on the front row.

Sandro Cortese had set the pace in Friday practice and the German made a bright start to qualifying with a 1:46.537 on his first flying lap of the session. The Intact rider held onto provisional pole until the halfway mark when Rabat’s steady increase in pace took him to a 1:46.423 and Cortese was relegated a further place when Dominique Aegerter rose to second, using Rabat’s slipstream to great effect.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, less than half a second covered the top ten but Zarco suddenly made a mockery of the competition, putting four tenths into them with a 1:46.007. His blistering pace even had the likes of Aegerter shaking his head in the pits and when the Ajo rider improved to a 1:45.895, pole position was out of his rivals’ reach.

Rabat returned to the track in the closing stages and halved the gap to Zarco but he was usurped by Folger seven minutes from time, knocking him down to third. Aegerter’s clever tactics early in the session saw him hold onto fourth while Sam Lowes recovered from a near-crash in the first ten minutes to secure fifth spot on the grid.

The Paginas Amarillas teammates line up next with Luis Salom pipping Alex Rins to sixth while Simone Corsi clocked a 1:46.526 to take eighth, demoting Cortese who paid the price for failing to better his early benchmark time and fell back to ninth.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:45.895
294. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team1:46.060
31. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:46.123
477. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten1:46.191
522. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:46.333
639. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:46.478
740. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:46.490
83. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing1:46.526
911. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:46.537
1012. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten1:46.591
1149. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:46.673
1273. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:46.686
137. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing1:46.745
1419. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:46.784
1560. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:46.805
1623. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 31:46.806
1725. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia1:46.905
184. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto21:47.077
1955. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:47.151
2070. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten1:47.244
2157. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:47.244
2236. Mika KallioKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:47.426
2321. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:47.427
2415. Ratthapark WilairotSuterJPmoto Malaysia1:47.508
2530. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia1:47.600
2696. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:47.624
2795. Anthony WestSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:47.711
2866. Florian AltSuterOcto IodaRacing Team1:47.968
2910. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG1:48.008
3088. Ricard CardusTech 3Tech 31:48.044
312. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG1:48.081
3293. Ramdan RosliKalexPetronas AHM Malaysia1:48.831

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