Moto2: Thomas Luthi Breaks Lap Record, Earns Pole Position At Le Mans (Updated)

Moto2: Thomas Luthi Breaks Lap Record, Earns Pole Position At Le Mans (Updated)

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HJC Helmets Grand Prix De France

FIM Moto2 World Championship

Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France

May 20, 2017

Qualifying Results (all using Honda engines and Dunlop tires):

1.Thomas LUTHI, Switzerland (KALEX), 1:36.548

2. Francesco BAGNAIA, Italy (KALEX), 1:36.574

3. Franco MORBIDELLI, Italy (KALEX), 1:36.649

4. Luca MARINI, Italy (KALEX), 1:36.794

5. Dominique AEGERTER, Switzerland (SUTER), 1:36.863

6. Alex MARQUEZ, Spain (KALEX), 1:36.884

7. Mattia PASINI, Italy (KALEX), 1:36.966

8. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI, Italy (KALEX), 1:37.154

9. Marcel SCHROTTER, Germany (SUTER), 1:37.173

10. Sandro CORTESE, Germany (SUTER), 1:37.185

11. Xavi VIERGE, Spain (TECH 3), 1:37.223

12. Xavier SIMEON, Belgium (KALEX), 1:37.268

13. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (KALEX), 1:37.277

14. Simone CORSI, Italy (SPEED UP), 1:37.280

15. Ricard CARDUS, Spain (KTM), 1:37.369

16. Axel PONS, Spain (KALEX), 1:37.376

17. Miguel OLIVEIRA, Portugal (KTM), 1:37.440

18. Takaaki NAKAGAMI, Japan (KALEX), 1:37.448

19. Isaac VIÑALES, Spain (KALEX), 1:37.677

20. Fabio QUARTARARO, France (KALEX), 1:37.68

More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Back-to-back pole positions in France as the Swiss rider bests his 2016 lap

Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) took a record-breaking pole position for the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, taking a good portion of time off his 2016 pole record – 12 years after the number 12 took his first pole at Le Mans. Rookie sensation Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) took his first ever front row the race weekend after his first intermediate class podium in P2 – with Championship leader Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) locking out the top three.

Luca Marini (Forward Racing Team) impressed in fourth, with Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) taking P5 for Suter. Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) starts off the front row for the first time this season in sixth, putting together a solid salvage job after a difficult day in France and a highside crash on Saturday morning.

Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) takes seventh ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) and Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) completing Row 3, with Sandro Cortese locking out the top ten behind teammate Schrötter.

Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing) took P11 despite a crash, ahead of Xavier Simeon (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2), Yonny Hernandez (AGR Team), Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) and Ricky Cardus (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in twelfth to fifteenth.

Lüthi gears up to try and break the EG 0,0 Marc VDS hold on 2017 at 12:20 (GMT +2).

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