Moto2: Tomizawa claims pole then crashes

Shoya Tomizawa maintained his strong Moto2 form by taking pole at Jerez - and then hanging on to the top spot despite crashing

Moto2: Tomizawa claims pole then crashes

The Japanese rider had taken a shock victory in the new category's inaugural race at Losail last month, and then set a 1m44.372s early in the session in Spain today.

He fell shortly afterwards, but was able to get back to the garage, and found his rivals unable to beat his time in any case.

125cc champion Julian Simon came closest, though, producing a last-minute lap just 0.002 seconds shy of Tomizawa's mark.

Ex-MotoGP rider Toni Elias also made late gains to take third, ahead of Yuki Takahashi, Thomas Luthi and long-time second-place man Stefan Bradl, who was shuffled back in the final moments.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap 1. Shoya Tomizawa Suter 1m44.372s 2. Julian Simon RSV 1m44.374s + 0.002s 3. Toni Elias Moriwaki 1m44.424s + 0.052s 4. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 1m44.463s + 0.091s 5. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki 1m44.573s + 0.201s 6. Stefan Bradl Suter 1m44.631s + 0.259s 7. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up 1m44.661s + 0.289s 8. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex 1m44.694s + 0.322s 9. Kenny Noyes Promo Harris 1m44.712s + 0.340s 10. Simone Corsi Motobi 1m44.722s + 0.350s 11. Anthony West MZ 1m44.741s + 0.369s 12. Yonni Hernandez BQR 1m44.779s + 0.407s 13. Alex Debon FTR 1m44.783s + 0.411s 14. Jules Cluzel Suter 1m44.810s + 0.438s 15. Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 1m44.943s + 0.571s 16. Claudio Corti Suter 1m44.957s + 0.585s 17. Roberto Rolfo Suter 1m45.063s + 0.691s 18. Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki 1m45.149s + 0.777s 19. Alex Baldolini ICP 1m45.179s + 0.807s 20. Joan Olive Promo Harris 1m45.183s + 0.811s 21. Dominique Aegerter Suter 1m45.375s + 1.003s 22. Axel Pons Pons Kalex 1m45.404s + 1.032s 23. Arne Tode Suter 1m45.412s + 1.040s 24. Hector Faubel Suter 1m45.443s + 1.071s 25. Karel Abraham RSV 1m45.448s + 1.076s 26. Alex de Angelis Scot 1m45.515s + 1.143s 27. Scott Redding Suter 1m45.591s + 1.219s 28. Mike Di Meglio RSV 1m45.653s + 1.281s 29. Andrea Iannone Speed Up 1m45.704s + 1.332s 30. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota 1m45.705s + 1.333s 31. Robertino Pietri Suter 1m45.770s + 1.398s 32. Bernat Martinez Bimota 1m45.962s + 1.590s 33. Lukas Pesek Moriwaki 1m46.059s + 1.687s 34. Niccolo Canepa Scot 1m46.084s + 1.712s 35. Vladimir Ivanov Moriwaki 1m46.366s + 1.994s 36. Mattia Pasini Motobi 1m46.529s + 2.157s 37. Amadeo Llados AJR 1m46.550s + 2.178s 38. Valentin Debise ADV 1m46.772s + 2.400s 39. Ivan Moreno Moriwaki 1m46.806s + 2.434s 40. Yannick Guerra Moriwaki 1m47.068s + 2.696s 41. Mashel Al Naimi BQR 1m47.793s + 3.421s 
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