Moto2: Vierge takes debut pole as Kent returns to front row

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Spaniard Xavi Vierge has taken his debut Grand Prix racing pole position for tomorrow’s Moto2 race at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, getting a stunning late lap despite treacherous conditions to take the top spot as the chequered flag came out.

The Dynavolt Intact Kalex rider demoted Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri to second after the flag came out, with the Pons racer forced to watch on from the pits, while a similarly late lap from former Moto3 world champion Danny Kent gave him his first front row start since Aragon in 2015, his championship-winning season.

Mattia Pasini will start from fourth ahead of Jorge Navarro and Sam Lowes, with the second Brit in the field demoted from the front row by the late charge of laps at the end of the session. The third row will see KTM rider Miguel Oliveira line up ahead of Alex Marquez and Remy Gardner, while American Joe Roberts rounds out the top ten on the NTS machine.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer