2013 Phillip Island Moto2 QP Result: High Drama In Competitive Session

Full report and results below:

Pol Espargaro has repeated the dose from last year and taken pole position for the Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island following a session high in drama. Qualifying saw the championship leader and Espargaro's main title rival Scott Redding crash heavily while his team mate Tito Rabat also had a spill but managed to end up in second place ahead of Jordi Torres. Alex DeAngelis continued his love affair with the sea side circuit to head up row two ahead of Thomas Luthi and Mika Kallio. Kallio crashed following the session restart and was unable to resume, trashing his bike after a fierce high side at the hay-shed.

Sandro Cortese, Nico Terol and Mattia Pasini will line up on the third row for tomorrow's race while Scott Redding rounded out the top ten despite his fast crash. He came to grief while entering the final complex of left handers and was savagely high sided by his bucking Kalex machine. The British championship leader was stretchered away clutching his right arm and couldn't complete any further laps, his fitness will be in question for Sunday's race. Sandro Cortese also suffered a crash with four minutes remaining and would take no further part in qualifying. 

The session was also red flagged with sixteen minutes remaining after a horrible looking crash for Thai rider Thitipong Warokorn, who ran off the circuit at the final complex of left handers, bailed off his out of control Suter and careered head first into a circuit tyre barrier. He was attended to by medical staff and later deemed OK, with damage to his left arm and shoulder.

To add to the drama, the number of laps for tomorrows race has been halved, reduced to a total of thirteen due to concerns over the durability of the control tyre provided by Dunlop. Teams and riders are also under strict instruction from Dunlop to run at very specific tyre pressures, failure to meet these safety guidelines will result in penalties being applied. It's looking like being an extremely tight race with the top eighteen in qualifying being separated by less than a second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 40 Pol ESPARGARO Kalex 1'32.530    
2 80 Esteve RABAT Kalex 1'32.540 0.010 0.010
3 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 1'32.769 0.239 0.229
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Speed Up 1'32.769 0.239  
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 1'32.817 0.287 0.048
6 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 1'32.833 0.303 0.016
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'32.893 0.363 0.060
8 18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 1'32.902 0.372 0.009
9 54 Mattia PASINI Speed Up 1'32.946 0.416 0.044
10 45 Scott REDDING Kalex 1'32.962 0.432 0.016
11 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'33.064 0.534 0.102
12 5 Johann ZARCO Suter 1'33.076 0.546 0.012
13 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'33.103 0.573 0.027
14 3 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'33.182 0.652 0.079
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'33.232 0.702 0.050
16 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 1'33.310 0.780 0.078
17 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'33.450 0.920 0.140
18 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'33.482 0.952 0.032
19 96 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 1'34.037 1.507 0.555
20 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 1'34.092 1.562 0.055
21 88 Ricard CARDUS Speed Up 1'34.217 1.687 0.125
22 52 Danny KENT Tech 3 1'34.289 1.759 0.072
23 8 Gino REA Speed Up 1'34.497 1.967 0.208
24 97 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Speed Up 1'34.748 2.218 0.251
25 7 Doni Tata PRADITA Suter 1'34.789 2.259 0.041
26 92 Alex MARIÑELARENA Kalex 1'34.899 2.369 0.110
27 44 Steven ODENDAAL Speed Up 1'35.047 2.517 0.148
28 31 Kohta NOZANE Motobi 1'35.288 2.758 0.241
29 25 Azlan SHAH Moriwaki 1'35.341 2.811 0.053
30 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Suter 1'35.964 3.434 0.623
31 34 Ezequiel ITURRIOZ Kalex 1'36.254 3.724 0.290

 

Round Number: 
16
2013
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Comments

Wow, thats poor entertainment. Obviously safety is paramount but its not like the tyre manufacturers could not have had quality feed back re the repaved surface at PI and to adjust their compounds / construction to suit.
The new surface has been down and raced on for quite a while. Fans (and competitors) have an expectation for the big show.
Get rid of the B.S. 'control' tyre anyway. The cost to make your bike 'work' with just 1 tyre is bazare. Let all the tyre manufactures in and teams nominate their prefered tyre in advance. No 'special' (wink) tyres though. Put em all in a container and pull em out on race day for the nominated teams as they come.
It a system that works with little supervision.

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