2016 Argentina Moto2 QP Result: With No Time To Spare

In his final lap as time expired, Sam Lowes seized pole position from Johann Zarco Saturday with the weekend's fastest Moto2 lap at the Termas de Rio Hondo track in Argentina. Lowes' 1'43.347 put one-tenth between him and Zarco, last year's Moto2 world champion.

The battle for pole for most of the session appeared to be largely between Zarco and Jonas Folger. Indeed, the two held the top two spots until Lowes leapt from fourth to first as time expired. That lap left Zarco (2nd) and Folger (3rd) completing the front row. Leading the second row -- and nearly climbing into the first -- is Takaaki Nakagami. After struggling the past two years, Nakagimi seams to have found slightly better form in early in the 2016 season and has been consistently quick in Argentina.

Franco Morbidelli, who was demoted from second place to seventh at the season opener in Qatar after a jump-start penalty, secured fifth just in front of Qatar race-winner Thomas Luthi. One one-hundredth behind followed Sandro Cortese (7th). Danny Kent -- whose riding Lowes sharply criticized following qualifying -- managed eighth with Lorenzo Baldassarri (9th) completing the third row. Axel Pons completed the top 10.

Championship runner up in 2015, Alex Rins climbed could climb no higher than 11th in the session's closing moments.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'43.347  
2 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'43.466 0.119 / 0.119
3 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'43.637 0.290 / 0.171
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'43.709 0.362 / 0.072
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'43.733 0.386 / 0.024
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'43.813 0.466 / 0.080
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'43.823 0.476 / 0.010
8 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'43.858 0.511 / 0.035
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'43.981 0.634 / 0.123
10 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'43.982 0.635 / 0.001
11 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'43.989 0.642 / 0.007
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'44.055 0.708 / 0.066
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'44.060 0.713 / 0.005
14 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 1'44.104 0.757 / 0.044
15 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'44.154 0.807 / 0.050
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'44.172 0.825 / 0.018
17 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'44.396 1.049 / 0.224
18 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 1'44.424 1.077 / 0.028
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 1'44.443 1.096 / 0.019
20 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'44.523 1.176 / 0.080
21 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'44.572 1.225 / 0.049
22 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'44.603 1.256 / 0.031
23 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'44.703 1.356 / 0.100
24 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'44.767 1.420 / 0.064
25 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'45.294 1.947 / 0.527
26 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'45.848 2.501 / 0.554
27 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'45.859 2.512 / 0.011
28 8 Efren VAZQUEZ Suter 1'46.272 2.925 / 0.413
29 33 Alessandro TONUCCI Kalex 1'46.554 3.207 / 0.282

 

Round Number: 
2
2016
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