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Maverick Vinales Scores His First Moto2 Pole Position on Home Tarmac

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Maverick Vinales scored his first Moto2 pole position on home tarmac, bettering Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham, Caterham Suter) by a slender 0.051 seconds during qualifying at Aragon.

Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) completed the front row, making it just 0.057 seconds separating the fastest three riders. As is usual in the Honda-powered Moto2 series, times were close throughout the 34 starters with the fastest 21 men covered by 1.1 seconds.

Rookie and reigning Moto3 World Champion Vinales, who won his first Moto2 race in April and is expected to graduate to MotoGP next year, expects to have to work very hard tomorrow aboard his Pons HP 40, Kalex machine.

"I'm satisfied with the way things went today." Vinales admitted. "Of course it's good to be on the front row but the important thing is that we have been constantly fast and we have no problems with tyre life so we can concentrate on doing the best race possible.

"Maybe I will also have to think about using some different tactics because normally I am very fast at the start of the race and then lose some pace, so perhaps we will do something else tomorrow."

It's not only others on the front row he needs to worry about, the whole of the second row is less than three tenths off pole.

Another young rookie Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team, Kalex) achieved his best qualifying position with fourth on the grid, just ahead of World Championship leader Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) who has won the last three races. Sixth fastest was Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock, Suter).

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, Kalex) heads the third row in front of Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert, Suter) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex).

Australia's Anthony West will start from position 23 after posting a time just over one second behind Vinales.

Moto2 Qualifying Results:
1 Maverick Vinales 1'54.073 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
2 Johann Zarco 1'54.124 FRA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
3 Mika Kallio 1'54.130 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
4 Franco Morbidelli 1'54.183 ITA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
5 Esteve Rabat 1'54.224 ESP KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
6 Thomas Luthi 1'54.341 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
7 Takaaki Nakagima 1'54.390 JPN KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
8 Dominique Aegerter 1'54.391 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
9 Sandro Cortese 1'54.475 GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
10 Marcel Schrotter 1'54.508 GER TECH 3 Tech 3
11 Julian Simon 1'54.650 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
12 Jonas Folger 1'54.786 GER KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
13 Jordi Torres 1'54.786 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
14 Xavier Simeon 1'54.798 GER SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
15 Luis Salom 1'54.800 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
16 Mattia Pasini 1'54.827 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
17 Hafizh Syahrin 1'54.843 MAL KALEX Petronas Raceline Malaysia
18 Axel Pons 1'54.866 SPA KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
19 Ricard Cardus 1'54.916 ESP TECH 3 Tech 3
20 Sam Lowes 1'54.983 GBR SPEED UP Speed Up
21 Louis Rossi 1'55.057 FRA KALEX SAG team
22 Nicolas Terol 1'55.182 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
23 Anthony West 1'55.280 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
24 Gino Rea 1'55.298 GBR SUTER AGT REA Racing
25 Lorenzo Baldassarri 1'55.401 ITA SUTER Gresini Moto2
27 Ratthapark Wilairot 1'55.438 THA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
28 Robin Mulhauser 1'55.487 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
29 Roman Ramos 1'55.814 ESP SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
30 Riccardo Russo 1'55.859 ITA SUTER Tasca Racing Moto2
31 Randy Krummenacher 1'55.978 SWI SUTER IodaRacing Project
32 Azlan Shah 1'56.069 MAL KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
33 Thitipong Warokorn 1'56.447 THA KALEX APH PTT The Pizza SAG

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