Eighth pole of the season for Espargaro despite late crash, Rabat 14th, Pons 26th
Pol Espargaró took the pole position for the Valencian Grand Prix, already his eighth of the season and the fourth consecutive pole in the final stretch of the championship. With a new record lap he left his closest pursuer Marc Márquez .406 seconds behind him. The Tuenti Móvil HP 40 crashed out in the final moments of the qualifying after showing an incredible pace and without anyone being able to come close to his laptimes.
Teammate Axel Pons was less fortunate, after crashing in the third lap of the qualifying with a cold tyre he wasn’t able to re-join the session and was relegated to ninth row.
1. POL ESPARGARÓ, 1.35.191 “I’m very happy about my eighth pole position which also secures us the “Pole of Poles” Award and I want to thank the team for the excellent work they did throughout the year. At the end of the session I made a Rookie mistake, braking outside the line and I crashed. Luckily I have a good pace and I think I’m well prepared to fight for victory if it doesn’t rain. In the other case we’re gonna suffer, because the whole year long we didn’t feel comfortable in the rain. I’ll give 120% to win and end this 2012 season with the best possible feeling. I feel great on the bike and right now I wished there were more races left.”
14. TITO RABAT, 1.36.278 “It’s been a difficult weekend, because before the qualifying we didn’t have one session with a completely dry track. In these conditions I struggled to find a good setting for the bike and also in the final part of the qualifying when I was following Marquez he crashed and I lacked that little extra to improve. If the rain doesn’t appear I hope we continue improving in the warmup and can finish the year with a good result.”
26. AXEL PONS, 1.37.096 “It’s been a shame, because I had a crash in the third lap due to not heating up the rear tyre enough and I couldn’t get back out on track. This morning I was 17th, very close to the top five, and I had high motivations to get a good position on the grid.”
Source: Pons Racing Press Release