Sam Lowes has claimed his fifth pole position of the season to deny provisional pole sitter Alex Marquez by 0.054s in the final minutes of qualifying. Takaaki Nakagami completes the front row in P3 showing that the Japanese rider has great pace for the race tomorrow.
Lowes, who has had a relatively quiet weekend and has struggled for most of the free practice sessions but the Brit used his experience and class to storm to the top of the timesheets with a 1m53.207s. With the times being so close this is a vital pole position and will give Lowes an advantage off the line tomorrow.
Marquez, who has had an extremely frustrating year will feel very hard done by, being pipped to pole by just 0.054s. But the Spaniard will be content with second place on the grid as its his best qualifying since moving up to the class for the first time in 2015. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider will have the home crowd behind him tomorrow and he will be hoping it will drive him to victory.
Nakagami, who has finished on the podium in the last two races completed the front row in P3 with another solid qualifying session which puts the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider in prime position to take another podium but maybe go one step further and try and claim another victory.
Jonas Folger will start the Moto2 race from P4 from the grid after the German rider put in a brilliant qualifying session ahead of reigning world champion Johann Zarco who to many, surprisingly qualified in P5 after showing great pace on Friday but the Frenchman will be hoping to extend his championship lead and try put some distance into his main rival Alex Rins who through illness qualified all the way down in P13.
Misano winner Lorenzo Baldassari will start from P6 ahead of second Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli. However Morbidelli will have to be content with a one place grid penalty after an incident with Leopard Racing’s Miguel Oliveira on Friday. Thomas Luthi qualified P8 with home rider Axel Pons and the flying Mattia Pasini completing the top ten in P9 and P10 respectively.
The Moto2 race begins tomorrow at 12:20 local time at MotorLand Aragon and with hometown championship challenger Alex Rins suffering with illness, Johann Zarco will be looking to take advantage and extend his championship lead.
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