Moto2: Kallio grabs last-gasp pole

Mika Kallio grabbed a last-gasp provisional pole position for the 250cc French Grand Prix on Friday, but all eyes were on runaway championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who bounced back from a spectacular crash to take second place

Moto2: Kallio grabs last-gasp pole

Lorenzo, who has a 28-point lead in the title chase, suffered a high-side on the exit of the first complex of corners just minutes into the session and was pitched into a series of rolls before ending up in the gravel trap.

The Spanish rider was seen clutching his left ankle as he recovered and, after attempting to hobble away, he was eventually carried to safety by two marshals.

Lorenzo bravely made it back to the pits to get on his spare bike. And, after struggling for pace initially, he was swiftly back at the top end of the timing sheets. But a fairytale top spot eluded him after Red Bull KTM rider Kallio pulled out all the stops to secure provisional pole in the final seconds of the session.

Hector Barbera claimed third place, but came in for some stick from rival Alex de Angelis, who was furious at being held up on one of his quick laps. They waved fists at each other before returning to the pits.

Thomas Luthi claimed fourth on the provisional grid, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, Julian Simon and de Angelis. Roberto Locatelli continued his brave return to action to set the 24th best time - although was only four tenths off the next slowest rider.

Pos Rider Team Time Laps 1. Mika Kallio Red Bull KTM 250 1:38.982 21 2. Jorge Lorenzo Fortuna Aprilia 1:39.070 + 0.088 16 3. Hector Barbera Team Toth Aprilia 1:39.077 + 0.095 23 4. Thomas Luthi Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia 1:39.097 + 0.115 23 5. Andrea Dovizioso Kopron Team Scot 1:39.197 + 0.215 23 6. Julian Simon Repsol Honda 250cc 1:39.296 + 0.314 22 7. Alex De Angelis Master - Mapfre Aspar 1:39.325 + 0.343 21 8. Alvaro Bautista Master - Mapfre Aspar 1:39.759 + 0.777 21 9. Hiroshi Aoyama Red Bull KTM 250 1:39.923 + 0.941 22 10. Anthony West Team Sicilia 1:40.151 + 1.169 20 11. Marco Simoncelli Metis Gilera 1:40.155 + 1.173 19 12. Shuhei Aoyama Repsol Honda 250cc 1:40.353 + 1.371 19 13. Fabrizio Lai Campetella Racing 1:40.614 + 1.632 20 14. Dirk Heidolf Kiefer-Bos-Sotin Racing 1:40.838 + 1.856 20 15. Ratthapark Wilairot Thai Honda PTT-SAG 1:41.054 + 2.072 22 16. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1:41.266 + 2.284 21 17. Imre Toth Team Toth Aprilia 1:41.338 + 2.356 20 18. Jules Cluzel Angaia Racing 1:41.489 + 2.507 21 19. Taro Sekiguchi Campetella Racing 1:41.678 + 2.696 17 20. Aleix Espargaro Blusens Aprilia 1:41.901 + 2.919 18 21. Arturo Tizon Blusens Aprilia Germany 1:41.963 + 2.981 20 22. Alex Baldolini Kiefer-Bos-Sotin Racing 1:41.995 + 3.013 18 23. Eugene Laverty Honda LCR 1:42.235 + 3.253 19 24. Roberto Locatelli Metis Gilera 1:42.675 + 3.693 18 
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Series Moto2
Drivers Mika Kallio
Author Jonathan Noble