Mugello MotoGP: Espargaro takes Moto2 pole position

By Liam Marsden -

MotoGP

 14 July 2012 14:59

Kalex rider Pol Espargaro will start tomorrow's 21 lap race from pole position after stealing the top spot from title rival Marc Marquez in the dying moments of qualifying.

Despite setting the third fastest time of the session, Johann Zarco will start from 18th place on the grid after receiving a penalty from race direction. Zarco crashed into Espargaro during this morning's session and was handed a 15 place penalty on his grid position for tomorrow's race.

Italian Andrea Iannone will move up to third spot on the grid.

Britain's Bradley Smith set the seventh fastest time onboard his Tech 3 machine, the Brit crashing out at the very end of the session, ending his chances of moving further up the grid.

Fellow Brit Scott Redding struggled onboard his Kalex machine, spending most of the session outside the top 10. Redding set the eighth fastest time of the session.

Gino Rea set the 25th fastest time.

1 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 286.9 1'52.369 
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 290.0 1'52.438 0.069 / 0.069
3 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 282.7 1'52.781 0.412 / 0.343
4 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 285.8 1'52.835 0.466 / 0.054
5 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 288.4 1'52.883 0.514 / 0.048
6 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 285.7 1'52.946 0.577 / 0.063
7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 282.5 1'53.029 0.660 / 0.083
8 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 278.2 1'53.059 0.690 / 0.030
9 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 287.4 1'53.090 0.721 / 0.031
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 284.7 1'53.152 0.783 / 0.062
11 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 285.6 1'53.258 0.889 / 0.106
12 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 285.3 1'53.266 0.897 / 0.008
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 286.0 1'53.319 0.950 / 0.053
14 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 286.4 1'53.409 1.040 / 0.090
15 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 288.2 1'53.509 1.140 / 0.100
16 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 285.2 1'53.566 1.197 / 0.057
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 287.4 1'53.672 1.303 / 0.106
18 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex 283.9 1'53.683 1.314 / 0.011
19 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 281.8 1'53.715 1.346 / 0.032
20 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 281.1 1'53.722 1.353 / 0.007
21 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 282.1 1'53.787 1.418 / 0.065
22 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 288.8 1'53.984 1.615 / 0.197
23 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 286.7 1'54.038 1.669 / 0.054
24 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 284.9 1'54.164 1.795 / 0.126
25 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 279.4 1'54.513 2.144 / 0.349
26 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 276.6 1'54.726 2.357 / 0.213
27 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 285.5 1'54.802 2.433 / 0.076
28 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 276.9 1'54.890 2.521 / 0.088
29 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 278.1 1'55.267 2.898 / 0.377
30 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 278.1 1'55.374 3.005 / 0.107
31 55 Massimo ROCCOLI ITA Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 276.1 1'55.518 3.149 / 0.144
32 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 275.2 1'56.337 3.968 / 0.819
33 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 273.5 1'57.081 4.712 / 0.744