Le Mans MotoGP: Marquez on pole despite crash

By Liam Marsden -

MotoGP

 19 May 2012 15:00

Championship leader Marc Marquez has taken his third pole position in a row at Le Mans despite crashing with 25 minutes of the session remaining.

The rain started to fall with five minutes of the session remaining leaving Marquez safe at the top of the timesheets.

Swiss rider Thoas Luthi and Spaniard Pol Espargaro complete the front row.

Brit Scott Redding will start the race from the front of the second row in fourth onboard the Marc VDS Kalex machine.

Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith appeared frustrated as he was unable to match the pace of the front runners. Smith will start from 19th on the grid. Gino Rea qualified 24th. Rea has now switched from a Moriwaki chassis to a Suter chassis in an attempt to turn his season around.

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter 254.1 1'37.710 
2 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 256.8 1'37.739 0.029 / 0.029
3 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 253.8 1'38.190 0.480 / 0.451
4 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 250.3 1'38.369 0.659 / 0.179
5 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 252.6 1'38.399 0.689 / 0.030
6 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 253.6 1'38.574 0.864 / 0.175
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 251.7 1'38.662 0.952 / 0.088
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 251.7 1'38.752 1.042 / 0.090
9 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 247.1 1'38.795 1.085 / 0.043
10 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 250.6 1'38.826 1.116 / 0.031
11 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 253.2 1'38.827 1.117 / 0.001
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 251.5 1'38.863 1.153 / 0.036
13 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 256.2 1'38.880 1.170 / 0.017
14 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 251.5 1'38.961 1.251 / 0.081
15 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 249.5 1'39.061 1.351 / 0.100
16 49 Axel PONS SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 251.7 1'39.105 1.395 / 0.044
17 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 252.6 1'39.229 1.519 / 0.124
18 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex 255.7 1'39.258 1.548 / 0.029
19 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 250.6 1'39.301 1.591 / 0.043
20 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 253.8 1'39.315 1.605 / 0.014
21 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 248.8 1'39.353 1.643 / 0.038
22 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Technomag-CIP Suter 250.2 1'39.414 1.704 / 0.061
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 253.3 1'39.520 1.810 / 0.106
24 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 253.2 1'39.796 2.086 / 0.276
25 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 252.0 1'39.797 2.087 / 0.001
26 7 Alexander LUNDH SWE Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 249.7 1'39.924 2.214 / 0.127
27 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Kiefer Racing Kalex 247.0 1'40.120 2.410 / 0.196
28 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 247.6 1'40.573 2.863 / 0.453
29 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 249.4 1'40.784 3.074 / 0.211
30 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ SPA Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 245.6 1'41.443 3.733 / 0.659
31 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Moriwaki 243.6 1'41.634 3.924 / 0.191
32 10 Marco COLANDREA SWI SAG Team FTR 248.7 1'42.182 4.472 / 0.548