With two Spaniards on pole position in Moto3 (Alex Rins) and MotoGP (Jorge Lorenzo), we more or less expected another Spaniard to be the pole sitter in today’s Moto2 qualifying session at Jerez and Marc Marquez was the rider who did it. Marquez took his 8th pole in Moto2 with a best lap of 1’43.005, keeping a surprising and unexpected Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) at bay by just 0.080s. The Moto2 rookie is a former All Japan J-GP2 champion.

Taking the third spot on the grid will be Pol Espargaro, while Thomas Luthi will be closing the front row, after he lost the front in his last flying lap. Marc VDS’s Mika Kallio, Claudio Corti were fifth and sixth respecetively but were very close to Luthi and separated by less then a tenth of second. Esteve Rabat and Mike di Meglio rounded out the second row.

Randy Krummenacher qualified 9th, while Johann Zarco who led almost all the practice sessions closed out the top ten. Andrea Iannone as usual had a tough qualifying session as he was only 13th and he’ll have another uphill battle to catch Marquez who won the Qatar race by 0.061s over the Speed Master rider.

Moto2 Jerez qualifying results
  • 01. Marc Marquez — Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol — Suter MMXII — 1’43.005
  • 02. Takaaki Nakagami — Italtrans Racing Team — KALEX Moto2 — + 0.080
  • 03. Pol Espargaro — Pons 40 HP Tuenti — KALEX Moto2 — + 0.268
  • 04. Thomas Luthi — Interwetten Paddock — Suter MMXII — + 0.305
  • 05. Mika Kallio — Marc VDS Racing Team — KALEX Moto2 — + 0.362
  • 06. Claudio Corti — Italtrans Racing Team — KALEX Moto2 — + 0.391
  • 07. Tito Rabat — Pons 40 HP Tuenti — KALEX Moto2 — + 0.646
  • 08. Mike Di Meglio — Speed Master Team — Speed Up Moto2 — + 0.773
  • 09. Randy Krummenacher — GP Team Switzerland — KALEX Moto2 — + 0.853
  • 10. Johann Zarco — JiR Moto2 — MotoBI — + 0.954
  • 11. Alex De Angelis — NGM Mobile Forward Racing — Suter MMXII — + 1.047
  • 12. Scott Redding — Marc VDS Racing Team — KALEX Moto2 — + 1.139
  • 13. Andrea Iannone — Speed Master Team — Speed Up Moto2 — + 1.199
  • 14. Max Neukirchner — Kiefer Racing — KALEX Moto2 — + 1.207
  • 15. Dominique Aegerter — Technomag CIP — Suter MMXII — + 1.218
  • 16. Toni Elias — MAPFRE Aspar Team — Suter MMXII — + 1.249
  • 17. Xavier Simeon — Tech 3 Racing — Tech 3 Mistral 610 — + 1.303
  • 18. Simone Corsi — CAME Iodaracing Project — FTR Moto M212 — + 1.349
  • 19. Bradley Smith — Tech 3 Racing — Tech 3 Mistral 610 — + 1.401
  • 20. Ricky Cardus — Argiñano Racing Team — AJR Moto2 — + 1.527
  • 21. Roberto Rolfo — Technomag CIP — Suter MMXII — + 1.635
  • 22. Yuki Takahashi — NGM Mobile Forward Racing — Suter MMXII — + 1.714
  • 23. Gino Rea — Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 — Moriwaki MD600 — + 2.090
  • 24. Angel Rodriguez — Desguaces La Torre SAG — FTR Moto M211 — + 2.304
  • 25. Julian Simon — Blusens Avintia — Suter MMXII — + 2.533
  • 26. Axel Pons — Pons 40 HP Tuenti — KALEX Moto2 — + 2.602
  • 27. Alexander Lundh — Cresto Guide MZ Racing — FTR Moto M211 — + 2.829
  • 28. Nico Terol — MAPFRE Aspar Team — Suter MMXII — + 2.956
  • 29. Anthony West — QMMF Racing Team — Moriwaki MD600 — + 3.112
  • 30. Ratthapark Wilairot — Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 — Moriwaki MD600 — + 3.206
  • 31. Elena Rosell — QMMF Racing Team — Moriwaki MD600 — + 4.279
  • 32. Marco Colandrea — SAG Team — FTR Moto M211 — + 4.299