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.
|4||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Speed Up||1'32.769||0.239|
|9||54||Mattia PASINI||Speed Up||1'32.946||0.416||0.044|
|14||3||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'33.182||0.652||0.079|
|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|
|27||44||Steven ODENDAAL||Speed Up||1'35.047||2.517||0.148|