Rabat Edges Out Rins for Aragon Pole Position

Tito Rabat is well placed to keep his championship defence alive after claiming pole position for tomorrow’s Aragon Grand Prix. The Spaniard saw off compatriot Alex Rins in a session where the two were a class apart, with champion-elect Johann Zarco almost half a second adrift in third after a slow start.

Provisional pole position rarely left the hands of Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS throughout qualifying with Alex Marquez making the early running with a 1:53.181. His spell at the top of the leaderboard was ended emphatically by his teammate with Rabat setting successive laps in the 1:52s bracket. The reigning champion had half a second in hand at this stage but a third Spaniard emerged to split the Marc VDS duo with Rins coming agonisingly close to snatching top spot.

Zarco had been conspicuous by his absence from the pole position battle in the early stages of qualifying and it wasn’t until the final fifteen minutes that the Frenchman lifted himself from fifteenth to eighth. Refusing to panic though, Johann continued to chip away at his personal best time and despite having a lap cancelled for exceeding track limits at the final corner, he would ultimately salvage third with a 1:52.659.

Sam Lowes didn’t enjoy the smoothest of sessions either, crashing at turn sixteen, but he would also recover to qualify fourth ahead of Takaaki Nakagami. Marquez slipped to sixth in the dying seconds and will have Jonas Folger close behind on tomorrow’s grid, the German having qualified seventh. Thomas Luthi was eighth ahead of Axel Pons while Sandro Cortese completed the top ten.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
11. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:52.232
240. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:52.267
35. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:52.659
422. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing1:52.672
530. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia1:52.780
673. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:52.782
794. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team1:52.804
812. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten1:52.917
949. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:52.937
1011. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:52.943
113. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing1:53.010
127. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing1:53.114
1355. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:53.117
1477. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten1:53.197
1536. Mika KallioSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:53.224
1660. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:53.378
1725. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia1:53.378
1819. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:53.381
194. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto21:53.665
2039. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:53.670
2123. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 31:53.683
2288. Ricard CardusSuterJPmoto Malaysia1:53.845
2357. Edgar PonsKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:53.980
2432. Federico FuligniSuterTeam Ciatti1:54.149
2596. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:54.162
2670. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten1:54.171
2797. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 31:54.200
2810. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG1:54.803
2966. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team1:54.830
302. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG1:55.358
3164. Federico CaricasuloKalexItaltrans Racing TeamNo Time