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04/07/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2018 13:11

Vierge snatches sensational pole

Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP), who was 29th at one stage, produced a breath-taking final lap to take his first ever Moto2™ pole position at the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40) led the session until the very last second, with the Italian having to settle for P2. Danny Kent (MB Conveyors - Speed Up Racing) was another rider who leaped up the time sheets at the end, his 1.56.536 - on his last lap - was enough for the Brit to start third.

Italtrans Racing Team rider Mattia Pasini - second for the majority - will start from fourth, as Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) managed to jump up to fifth after a flurry of personal best times at the end. After crashing twice in FP3, Sam Lowes lines up in sixth on his return to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in the Moto2™ class.

Red Bull KTM Ajo star Miguel Oliveira heads up the third row of the grid in seventh, just ahead of Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) who managed to get himself into the top ten when the chequered flag was waved. FP3 front runner Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing) came home ninth, with American Joe Roberts (NTS RW Racing) producing an excellent ride to round out the top ten.

With Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) down in P15, the Moto2™ race looks set to be a cracker. You can view the full results from qualifying here.

Tune in for the Moto2™ battle at 13:20 (GMT -3) on Sunday.