2012 Mugello Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Espargaro Takes Brave Pole

Result and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Mugello:

Pol Esparagaro has taken pole for the second time this season, setting the fastest qualifying time with a flying lap in the last minute of the session. Despite an ankle injury picked up this morning in a crash caused by Johann Zarco, Espargaro took pole from Marc Marquez, to start ahead of the man leading the championship. Marquez will start from 2nd, after leading for most of qualifying, while Andrea Iannone will start from 3rd, despite qualifying in 4th. Johann Zarco set the 3rd fastest time during qualifying, but has been put back 15 places on the grid for his crash with Espargaro during FP3 this morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 1'52.369    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 1'52.438 0.069 0.069
3 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 1'52.781 0.412 0.343
4 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 1'52.835 0.466 0.054
5 15 Alex DE ANGELIS FTR 1'52.883 0.514 0.048
6 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 1'52.946 0.577 0.063
7 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 1'53.029 0.660 0.083
8 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 1'53.059 0.690 0.030
9 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 1'53.090 0.721 0.031
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 1'53.152 0.783 0.062
11 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 1'53.258 0.889 0.106
12 3 Simone CORSI FTR 1'53.266 0.897 0.008
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'53.319 0.950 0.053
14 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI FTR 1'53.409 1.040 0.090
15 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 1'53.509 1.140 0.100
16 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 1'53.566 1.197 0.057
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO MZ-RE HONDA 1'53.672 1.303 0.106
18 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 1'53.683 1.314 0.011
19 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 1'53.715 1.346 0.032
20 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 1'53.722 1.353 0.007
21 49 Axel PONS KALEX 1'53.787 1.418 0.065
22 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 1'53.984 1.615 0.197
23 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 1'54.038 1.669 0.054
24 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 1'54.164 1.795 0.126
25 8 Gino REA SUTER 1'54.513 2.144 0.349
26 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 1'54.726 2.357 0.213
27 95 Anthony WEST SPEED UP 1'54.802 2.433 0.076
28 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 1'54.890 2.521 0.088
29 22 Alessandro ANDREOZZI SPEED UP 1'55.267 2.898 0.377
30 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 1'55.374 3.005 0.107
31 55 Massimo ROCCOLI BIMOTA 1'55.518 3.149 0.144
32 57 Eric GRANADO MOTOBI 1'56.337 3.968 0.819
33 82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 1'57.081 4.712 0.744

 

Round Number: 
9
2012
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Comments

I've been watching this with a jaundiced eye over the length of the weekend.
First off,congrats to Pol. Richly deserved.
The issue is CRT.
When a standard issue,control motor 600cc engine is as close to a 1000cc CRT piece of kit and about a second a lap off its pace,something sucks.
Of course the comparison is yet again related to Petrucci's Aprilia engined bike in terms of straight line speed.
In terms of outright lap times ? Moto 2 are closing CRT down hand over fist.
This is Mugello and should not be the case.
No sign of the 350km/hr barrier being broken in GP class either.
800cc was the pinnacle of prototype GP 4 stroke racing by and large.
Back to Moto 2 and Pol Espargaro. This is another youngster that any GP team should have on their radar in terms of signings for 2013.
Dunlop ! Good on your efforts.

Well they said Rossi had 351 km/h in free practise. It makes a difference wether you look at the real data or the speed trap, the speed trap is always either too early or too late to pick up the correct top speed.

They showed it also on telly during QP. Barbera had 356 at the front wheel (while at the speed trap was 34something)