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Pol Espargaro Secures Moto2 Pole Position during Drama Field Qualifying Session

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Pol Espargaro has secured Pole Position and looks likely to take over as the leader of the Moto2 GP World Championship at the conclusion of tomorrows Australian round of the series, after a drama filed qualifying session at Phillip Island.

Scott Redding who entered this weekend with a nine point lead over Espargaro crashed during the qualifying session and was taken to Melbourne hospital where it was revealed that he has fractured his left wrist and has been ruled out of tomorrows race.

No date has, or could be, set for Redding‰Ûªs return to racing. However, should he miss just one race his hopes of taking the Moto2 title now depend upon Espargaro, and possibly Rabat, failing to score points in one of the three remaining races!

Redding was not the only rider to crash during the session with the first incident which resulted in a red flag involved Thai rider Thitipong Warokom (Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 Suter) was stretchered away, fortunate to escape major injury. Leading riders Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex), Mika Kallio, also both crashed but will be on the start line for the weekends main event.

Rabat‰Ûªs crash cost him the chance to reclaim the fastest time as team-mate Espargaro took his fifth pole of the season by 0.018 of a second. The final front row position went to Jordi Torres (Aspar Team Moto2 Suter). His lap time was identical to the nearest thousandth of a second to that set by Alex de Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up), but he was awarded the position because his second-best lap time was better.

Competitive and reliable racing is guaranteed in Moto2, with the organisers supplying all riders with identical race-tuned Honda CBR600 engines; but tomorrow‰Ûªs radically shortened race stands to be even more spectacular than usual.

Concerns about tyre life prompted Race Direction to cut race distance by almost half, turning it into a 13-lap sprint and making qualifying positions all the more important.

‰ÛÏThey say the race will be so short, you can imagine it will be difficult." Espargaro stated. "Because usually in 13 laps you are just getting comfortable and confident with the race.

"It will be difficult to fight for victory, but we are good with all tyres at the moment, with no problems and I have a good pace, so try to be happy and enjoy the day, and try to win.

"I hope Scott will be able to ride, because if I beat him for the championship I want it to be on the track, and whoever wins races the best, not because of injury," he concluded.

Australia's sole Moto GP rider, Anothony West will start from 20th position on the grid.

Australia's Ant West during Practice on Saturday - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Moto2 Qualifying Results
1 Pol Espargaro 1m32.530s ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
2 Esteve Rabat 0.010 ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
3 Jordi Torres 0.239 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
4 Alex De Angelis 0.239 SMR SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
5 Thomas Luthi 0.287 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
6 Mika Kallio 0.303 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
7 Sandro Cortese 0.363 GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
8 Nicolas Terol 0.372 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
9 Mattia Pasini 0.416 ITA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
10 Scott Redding 0.432 GBR KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
11 Xavier Simeon 0.534 GER KALEX Desguaces La Torre SAG/Zelos
12 Johann Zarco 0.546 FRA SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
13 Dominique Aegerter 0.573 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
14 Simone Corsi 0.652 ITA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Takaaki Nakagima 0.702 JPN KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
16 Julian Simon 0.780 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
17 Axel Pons 0.920 SPA KALEX Tuenti HP 40
18 Marcel Schrotter 0.952 GER KALEX Desguaces La Torre SAG/Zelos
19 Louis Rossi 1.507 FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
20 Anthony West 1.562 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
21 Ricard Cardus 1.687 SPA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
22 Danny Kent 1.759 GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
23 Gino Rea 1.967 GBR FTR Gino Rea Race Team
24 Rafid Topan Sucipto 2.218 IND SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
25 Doni Tata Pradita 2.259 IND SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
26 Alex Marinelarena 2.369 ESP HONDA TargoBank Motorsport
27 Steven Odendaal 2.517 RSA SPEED UP Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
29 Azlan Shah 2.758 MAL MORIWAKI Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
30 Thitipong Warokorn 2.811 THA SUTER Honda Gresini Moto2
31 Ezequiel Iturrioz 3.434 ARG KALEX Blusen Avianta


Top Image: Pol Espargaro qualified on pole postion for the 2013 Australian Moto2 GP

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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