Today's Moto2 qualifying session for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar saw Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) secure the first pole of the new season.
His time of 2’00.081 beat the existing pole record, with Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) just 0.02s behind in second place and with Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) rounding out the front row.
Cortese later crashed in an incident also involving Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) and Mika Kallio Marc (VDS Racing Team) causing a red flag
Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), Sam Lowes (Speed Up) and Kallio make up row two.
Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), Alex De Angelis (Tasca Racing Moto2) and Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing) qualified on the third row.
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