Tom Luthi has extended his Moto2 reign of terror at Le Mans, the Swiss rider taking pole and a brand new lap record at the French track. Luthi was fastest for much of the session, despite attacks from Johann Zarco, Alex Rins and Lorenzo Baldassarri, and held on to take top spot during qualifying. He also became the first rider to lap Le Mans in under 1'37 on a Moto2 bike.
Alex Rins also cracked the 1'37 barrier, but only managed it right at the end. The HP Pons rider got within five hundredths of Luthi, but could not beat him to pole. Rins had been struggling earlier in the weekend, but found his feet during qualifying. Rins will have a golden chance to recover some points on championship leader Sam Lowes, who will start from the third row after a tough weekend at Le Mans.
Lorenzo Baldassarri took the third spot on the starting grid, the Italian teenager making his first front row start. Baldassarri tried to help tow his Forward Racing teammate Luca Marini, but could only help the youngster to tenth spot. Simone Corsi heads up the second row in fourth spot, ahead of Johann Zarco. The reigning Moto2 champion was one of many riders to suffer falls during qualifying, though none of them were serious. Jonas Folger's crash was big enough to badly damage his bike, forcing the German to miss most of qualifying. Despite that, he will start the race from eighth.
|4||24||Simone Corsi||Speed Up||1'37.168||0.321||0.098|
|15||60||Julian Simon||Speed Up||1'37.812||0.965||0.048|
|20||19||Xavier Simeon||Speed Up||1'38.091||1.244||0.061|
|22||97||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||1'38.326||1.479||0.045|
|23||32||Isaac Viñales||Tech 3||1'38.550||1.703||0.224|