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Remy Gardner took the third pole position of his career in qualifying for the Moto2 season final in Portimao

The Australian was fastest in the intermediate class in Portugal with a 1: 42592 on his Onexox TKKR SAG Team Kalex, just over a tenth in the field

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) was the first of the four title contenders with a 1: 42The 710 and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Beta Tools Speed ​​Up) will join them in the first row

Augusto Fernandez (EG 0.0 Marc VDS Kalex) set the tone early in Qualifying 2 with a 1: 43216s but this was overturned by Marini when the Italian scored a 1: 43027s on his second flyer

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Gardner lost an unrepresentative first round before briefly taking fourth place with a 1: 43601s on his next tour

He became a Marc VDS double at the halfway point when an injured Sam Lowes drew a 1: 42759s and was called across the line by Fernandez with a 1: 42871s

Marini pulled them apart in the 11th minute of the quarter-hour session and recovered provisional pole with a 1: 42710 on his next lap, making him the first to undermine Gardner’s combined benchmark of 1: 42728

The Australian, meanwhile, had been demoted to 17th place, the last of those with a lap time to his name at that point, as he sat in the pits, before a 1: 43142s moved it to the 10th

Gardner shot all the way to the top in his next round, but Di Giannantonio and championship leader Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Kalex) had even more pace up their sleeves

The first of these two Italians moved up to 1: 42721s but remained third, while the latter climbed from ninth to fourth with a 1: 42722s after the checkered flag

« The fourth sector has been pretty positive for us all weekend, » said the 22-year-old after his last qualifying session for the Stop and Go Racing Team before joining the KTM ranks.

« We struggled a bit yesterday in Sector 3, so we studied the telemetry and videos very carefully, we managed to improve Sectors 2 and 3

« Sector 1, we are not the strongest yet, so hopefully in the morning (Warm Up) we can find some more in sector 1, maybe change my handling at turn 1 a bit

« But I knew if I could get to sector 3 at 00 I could get the pole because sector 4 is good enough for us

« The team has done really well the last couple of days, I love the track, it’s so much fun, and I love to ride my bike every lap here

« It’s a good starting position for tomorrow, let’s see what we can do and hopefully finish on the podium to give the team the result it deserves »

Lowes finished fifth as he seeks to reverse a 14-point deficit to Bastianini in the final race of the year, while the other title contender to Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) has work to be done from 12th place the grid

There was a scary moment for Aron Canet when he crashed his Pull&Bear Aspar Speed ​​Up at the exit of Turn 8 into his lap, and blew bikes on either side as he slid into the descent that follows

The Spaniard was able to come back up, get back to the pits and finally set a good enough time for 15th

Gardner’s efforts came after another Australian won a first-place start, with Jack Miller qualifying third in the premier class on his Pramac Ducati

The Moto2 race starts tonight at 11:20 AEDT, followed by MotoGP in the morning at 01:00 AEDT

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EbeneInfo – AU – Gardner takes pole for Moto2 – Speedcafe final
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Gardner wins pole for Moto2 final
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