Zarco Extends Pole Streak at the Sachsenring

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Johann Zarco has claimed his third consecutive pole position as his dominance of the Moto2 class continues in Germany. The championship leader dominated the qualifying session with nobody overhauling him from the moment he took top spot five minutes in, although Xavier Simeon did run him close in the latter stages.

Within five minutes of the pitlane opening, Zarco had already established his superiority at the top of the leaderboard, setting a 1:24.453. Tito Rabat, riding despite suffering a broken collarbone in a training crash last weekend, was second fastest on a 1:24.541 but as the reigning champion found improvements hard to come by, he plummeted down the order.

Zarco didn’t have the same difficulties, lowering the benchmark time to a 1:24.044 at the halfway stage and with four tenths in hand over the rest of the field, pole position looked to be in the bag. Franco Morbidelli led the chasing pack having leapfrogged Rabat for second but he was edged out in the closing minutes by Simeon, the Belgian only missing out on a shock pole by 0.089s.

Morbidelli held onto third with Thomas Luthi and Simone Corsi relegating Rabat to sixth. The two leading Germans in the field, Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger, will start their home Grand Prix from seventh and eighth with Sam Lowes starting from his lowest grid slot of the season after failing to drag his Speed Up any higher than ninth.



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