Pol Espargaro takes Indianapolis Moto2 pole

Pol Espargaro beat Moto2 title rival Marc Marquez to pole position at Indianapolis

Pol Espargaro takes Indianapolis Moto2 pole

Unlike the preceding Moto3 and MotoGP session, Moto2 qualifying saw little incident and a relatively static lead order. Pons rider Espargaro established provisional pole with a 1m42.602s early on and was able to sit on a 0.231-second cushion back to Marquez, who he trails by 34 points in the standings. Marquez's late runs were spoiled by traffic and mistakes.

Fellow championship contender Andrea Iannone hauled himself up to the final front row position in the closing stages, having previously been outside the top 10.

Julian Simon qualified fourth, sharing row two with Dominique Aegerter and Scott Redding.

There was no repeat of the violent accidents that had marred and delayed Moto3 and MotoGP qualifying. In one of the few incidents, Alex de Angelis fell early on, leaving him 16th on the grid.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Pol Espargaro Pons Kalex 1m42.602s 2. Marc Marquez Monlau Suter 1m42.833s + 0.231s 3. Andrea Iannone Speed Master Speed Up 1m43.064s + 0.462s 4. Julian Simon Avintia Suter 1m43.363s + 0.761s 5. Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP Suter 1m43.468s + 0.866s 6. Scott Redding Marc VDS Kalex 1m43.548s + 0.946s 7. Claudio Corti Italtrans Kalex 1m43.607s + 1.005s 8. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Kalex 1m43.637s + 1.035s 9. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter 1m43.646s + 1.044s 10. Nicolas Terol Aspar Suter 1m43.684s + 1.082s 11. Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Kalex 1m43.698s + 1.096s 12. Simone Corsi Ioda FTR 1m43.753s + 1.151s 13. Johann Zarco JIR Motobi 1m43.979s + 1.377s 14. Bradley Smith Tech 3 1m44.061s + 1.459s 15. Esteve Rabat Pons Kalex 1m44.063s + 1.461s 16. Alex de Angelis Forward FTR 1m44.078s + 1.476s 17. Ricard Cardus Arguinano AJR 1m44.117s + 1.515s 18. Xavier Simeon Tech 3 1m44.291s + 1.689s 19. Gino Rea Gresini Suter 1m44.457s + 1.855s 20. Mike di Meglio MZ 1m44.531s + 1.929s 21. Yuki Takahashi Forward FTR 1m44.543s + 1.941s 22. Roberto Rolfo Technomag-CIP Suter 1m44.555s + 1.953s 23. Jordi Torres Aspar Suter 1m44.656s + 2.054s 24. Anthony West QMMF Speed Up 1m44.686s + 2.084s 25. Ratthapark Wilairot Gresini Suter 1m45.002s + 2.400s 26. Randy Krummenacher Switzerland Kalex 1m45.139s + 2.537s 27. Axel Pons Pons Kalex 1m45.217s + 2.615s 28. Max Neukirchner Kiefer Kalex 1m45.222s + 2.620s 29. Marcel Schrotter SAG Bimota 1m45.935s + 3.333s 30. Alessandro Andreozzi Speed Master Speed Up 1m46.238s + 3.636s 31. Eric Granado JIR Motobi 1m46.521s + 3.919s 32. Marco Colandrea SAG FTR 1m46.721s + 4.119s 33. Elena Rosell QMMF Moriwaki 1m47.869s + 5.267s 
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