2012 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Unstable Weather Causes Early Dash For Pole

Results and summary of qualifying for Sunday's Moto2 qualifying practice at Le Mans:

Marc Marquez has qualified at the front of the grid for the third consecutive time this season, and will start from pole for tomorrow's French Grand Prix. Marquez set the fastest time very early in a session that would be dominated by the weather, the entire Moto2 field rushing out early to post a fast lap before the rain, which was threatening started in earnest. At the end of the first 10 minutes, it was Marquez who came out on top, with Pol Espargaro in 2nd and Scott Redding in 3rd. 

The rain which had threatened never really took hold seriously, allowing occasional periods when riders could push hard, and Thomas Luthi cleverly took advantage of one of those gaps to close in on Marquez and take 2nd, demoting Espargaro into 3rd, and Scott Redding onto the second row. Marquez also attempted to improve his time, but lost the front at Garage Vert and crashed, though he walked away unhurt. Redding also crashed very late in the session, but like Marquez, was unhurt.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SUTER 1'37.710    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI SUTER 1'37.739 0.029 0.029
3 40 Pol ESPARGARO KALEX 1'38.190 0.480 0.451
4 45 Scott REDDING KALEX 1'38.369 0.659 0.179
5 29 Andrea IANNONE SPEED UP 1'38.399 0.689 0.030
6 36 Mika KALLIO KALEX 1'38.574 0.864 0.175
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS SUTER 1'38.662 0.952 0.088
8 5 Johann ZARCO MOTOBI 1'38.752 1.042 0.090
9 71 Claudio CORTI KALEX 1'38.795 1.085 0.043
10 24 Toni ELIAS SUTER 1'38.826 1.116 0.031
11 60 Julian SIMON SUTER 1'38.827 1.117 0.001
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SUTER 1'38.863 1.153 0.036
13 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER KALEX 1'38.880 1.170 0.017
14 3 Simone CORSI FTR 1'38.961 1.251 0.081
15 88 Ricard CARDUS AJR 1'39.061 1.351 0.100
16 49 Axel PONS KALEX 1'39.105 1.395 0.044
17 18 Nicolas TEROL SUTER 1'39.229 1.519 0.124
18 80 Esteve RABAT KALEX 1'39.258 1.548 0.029
19 38 Bradley SMITH TECH 3 1'39.301 1.591 0.043
20 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI SUTER 1'39.315 1.605 0.014
21 19 Xavier SIMEON TECH 3 1'39.353 1.643 0.038
22 44 Roberto ROLFO SUTER 1'39.414 1.704 0.061
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO SPEED UP 1'39.520 1.810 0.106
24 8 Gino REA SUTER 1'39.796 2.086 0.276
25 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI KALEX 1'39.797 2.087 0.001
26 7 Alexander LUNDH MZ-RE HONDA 1'39.924 2.214 0.127
27 76 Max NEUKIRCHNER KALEX 1'40.120 2.410 0.196
28 95 Anthony WEST MORIWAKI 1'40.573 2.863 0.453
29 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT SUTER 1'40.784 3.074 0.211
30 47 Angel RODRIGUEZ BIMOTA 1'41.443 3.733 0.659
31 82 Elena ROSELL MORIWAKI 1'41.634 3.924 0.191
32 10 Marco COLANDREA FTR 1'42.182 4.472 0.548

 

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Results and summary of qualifying for Sunday's Moto2 qualifying practice at Le Mans:

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