Valencia MotoGP: Espargaro secures pole position

By Liam Marsden -

MotoGP

 10 November 2012 15:08

Pol Espargaro has taken his eighth pole position of the 2012 season with pole position at the final round of the 2012 season in Valencia despite a crash in the latter stages of the qualifying session.

Newly crowned Moto2 champion Marc Marquez set the second fastest time of the session, but will start from the last spot on the grid as penalty for colliding with Simone Corsi during free practice 2.

Thomas Luthi and Takaaki Nakagami complete the front row in second and third respectively.

Brit Scott Redding will start from eighth on the grid.

Bradley Smith, who moves upto MotoGP with the Tech 3 team in 2013 has struggled at the Spanish circuit and will start from 22nd on the grid. Gino Rea will start from 20th position.

1 40 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 268.8 1'35.191 
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter 271.7 1'35.597 0.406 / 0.406
3 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten-Paddock Suter 268.2 1'35.756 0.565 / 0.159
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 267.4 1'35.801 0.610 / 0.045
5 18 Nicolas TEROL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 267.1 1'35.858 0.667 / 0.057
6 81 Jordi TORRES SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter 265.7 1'35.915 0.724 / 0.057
7 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 265.8 1'35.949 0.758 / 0.034
8 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 265.2 1'35.966 0.775 / 0.017
9 3 Simone CORSI ITA Came IodaRacing Project FTR 266.9 1'35.983 0.792 / 0.017
10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Speed Master Speed Up 268.2 1'36.016 0.825 / 0.033
11 5 Johann ZARCO FRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 266.4 1'36.108 0.917 / 0.092
12 60 Julian SIMON SPA Blusens Avintia Suter 266.6 1'36.129 0.938 / 0.021
13 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 264.7 1'36.236 1.045 / 0.107
14 80 Esteve RABAT SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 271.1 1'36.278 1.087 / 0.042
15 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 270.0 1'36.483 1.292 / 0.205
16 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 267.3 1'36.489 1.298 / 0.006
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Kiefer Racing Kalex 267.8 1'36.511 1.320 / 0.022
18 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 266.5 1'36.583 1.392 / 0.072
19 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI GP Team Switzerland Kalex 272.9 1'36.629 1.438 / 0.046
20 8 Gino REA GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter 267.4 1'36.687 1.496 / 0.058
21 28 Roman RAMOS SPA SAG Team FTR 265.6 1'36.701 1.510 / 0.014
22 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 267.5 1'36.771 1.580 / 0.070
23 54 Mattia PASINI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR 267.3 1'36.868 1.677 / 0.097
24 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter 267.6 1'36.873 1.682 / 0.005
25 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Desguaces La Torre SAG Bimota 261.8 1'36.990 1.799 / 0.117
26 49 Axel PONS SPA Tuenti Movil HP 40 Kalex 267.5 1'37.096 1.905 / 0.106
27 17 Dani RIVAS SPA TSR Galicia School Kalex 260.4 1'37.228 2.037 / 0.132
28 75 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 268.6 1'37.357 2.166 / 0.129
29 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Arguiñano Racing Team AJR 263.7 1'37.384 2.193 / 0.027
30 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI ITA S/Master Speed Up Speed Up 264.9 1'37.463 2.272 / 0.079
31 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO INA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 265.0 1'38.982 3.791 / 1.519
32 57 Eric GRANADO BRA JIR Moto2 Motobi 262.5 1'39.602 4.411 / 0.620
33 82 Elena ROSELL SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 265.6 1'40.063 4.872 / 0.461