Moto2 and Moto3 qualifying round up: Misano sees Espargaro, Folger on pole as the championship leaders struggle

Moto3 once again got the qualifying sessions under way for the San Marino round of the World Championship at Misano.
Folger powers to pole                 Photo:Mapfre Aspar
Jonas Folger looked to have found something extra as he powered his Aspar bike to pole, his main competition coming from Alex Rins who had to settle for second behind the German for the Estrella Galicia team.
The third and final spot on the front row went to Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales, who will be looking to move on from his first finish off the podium at Silverstone.
A crash for Zulfami Khairuddin seemed to spur him on as he took an excellent fourth to finish the highest of the Red Bull KTM Ajo team riders.
Top Italian Niccolo Antonelli took fifth, the Go & Fun Honda man also being the top Honda on the grid.
Sixth position was filled by the Mahindra of Miguel Oliveira, with his late fast lap propelling him and several others in the tow up the order.
Also benefiting was Eric Granado in seventh for Aspar, with Isaac Vinales in eighth spot and Alex Marquez in ninth for Estrella Galicia despite a tumble.
Championship leader Luis Salom rode conservatively after a crash on Friday, his late push only putting him tenth on the grid.
Brit John McPhee starts from 17thfor Caretta Technology-RTG.
Moto2 was a tactical affair with much fist-waving and traffic, though the riders on the front row were faster than the rest of the pack with ease.
Pole went to Pol Espargaro, his fourth of the season, having won from his previous three starts from the first spot on the grid.
He snatched the position late on from his team-mate Tito Rabat, who was forced to settle for second by just 0.032s.
The all Kalex front row was completed by Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami, who takes his fourth consecutive front row start, though he is still hunting for his first win.

Fourth went to the resurgent Tom Luthi, who now appears to have fully recovered from his pre-season injury.
Scott Redding found himself down in fifth for Marc VDS after traffic troubles, handing Espargaro the chance to snatch some points away from his lead from the front.
Sixth was filled by Xavier Simeon ahead of Johann Zarco in seventh and Julian Simon in eighth.
Ninth position is filled by Marcel Schrotter who continues to find his rhythm in his first full season. Dominique Aegerter will look to maintain his points scoring run from tenth on the grid.
Danny Kent qualified in 13thfor Tech3, fellow Brit and wild-card Gino Rea starts from 21stdespite carrying injury.

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