M2: Australian GP: JiR qualifying report

GP of Australia, qualifying: De Angelis gets pole position! The Australian Grand Prix's qualifying session has ended on the track of Phillip Island and Alex De Angelis can be proud of his season's best performance by taking pole position with a...

GP of Australia, qualifying: De Angelis gets pole position!

The Australian Grand Prix's qualifying session has ended on the track of Phillip Island and Alex De Angelis can be proud of his season's best performance by taking pole position with a time of 1'35"148. A good result that has been built on in a session influenced by the cold temperature and variable conditions of wet/dry, during which the JiR's rider progressively lowered his lap times till the very last lap, when just at the end he stole 0.230 seconds from the best performance of the English rider Scott Redding.

It was to be the fourth row for the other JiR Team rider Simone Corsi, who suffered some troubles in expressing his best in this qualifying after yesterday's crash that left him in some pain. His best time was 1'36"245 and gives him the 14th position on the grid. Tomorrow the Roman rider will grit his teeth to try to gain points and stay in the challenge for the top five positions in the Moto 2 World Championship.

Alex De Angelis, 1st place 1'35"148
"Of course I'm very happy for this result, it is a good pole position that gives me the right impetus for tomorrow. During the whole session we have worked progressively to improve our performance and as a result our times lowered constantly. Just at the end of the session I found some traffic, but really on the last lap I saw some room and I started to push, gaining the pole right at the very last second. I was really concentrating, I didn't even realize I got the pole until I saw it in the electronic displays near the track. I hope that the weather conditions will remain stable also for tomorrow's race because I'm pretty confident on dry, but if it rained it would be tricky because I've never ridden my MotoBI on wet. However we'll do all our best to make a good result."

Simone Corsi, 14th place 1'36"245.
"The instable weather conditions complicated our work today and we still have some improvements to apply to find the right race set-up. Wind and low temperatures made the machine unstable and nervous and I couldn't push hard as I would have liked, which was also due to yesterday's crash. We have a lot of work for us during the warm-up tomorrow, hoping for a good race, I'll take the start from the middle of the pack again but I never give up!"

-source: jir

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Scott Redding , Phillip Island , Simone Corsi