2016 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Another Record Tumbles

Tom Luthi has extended his Moto2 reign of terror at Le Mans, the Swiss rider taking pole and a brand new lap record at the French track. Luthi was fastest for much of the session, despite attacks from Johann Zarco, Alex Rins and Lorenzo Baldassarri, and held on to take top spot during qualifying. He also became the first rider to lap Le Mans in under 1'37 on a Moto2 bike.

Alex Rins also cracked the 1'37 barrier, but only managed it right at the end. The HP Pons rider got within five hundredths of Luthi, but could not beat him to pole. Rins had been struggling earlier in the weekend, but found his feet during qualifying. Rins will have a golden chance to recover some points on championship leader Sam Lowes, who will start from the third row after a tough weekend at Le Mans.

Lorenzo Baldassarri took the third spot on the starting grid, the Italian teenager making his first front row start. Baldassarri tried to help tow his Forward Racing teammate Luca Marini, but could only help the youngster to tenth spot. Simone Corsi heads up the second row in fourth spot, ahead of Johann Zarco. The reigning Moto2 champion was one of many riders to suffer falls during qualifying, though none of them were serious. Jonas Folger's crash was big enough to badly damage his bike, forcing the German to miss most of qualifying. Despite that, he will start the race from eighth.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.847    
2 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1'36.899 0.052 0.052
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'37.070 0.223 0.171
4 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1'37.168 0.321 0.098
5 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1'37.180 0.333 0.012
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1'37.239 0.392 0.059
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1'37.324 0.477 0.085
8 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1'37.359 0.512 0.035
9 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'37.396 0.549 0.037
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'37.438 0.591 0.042
11 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1'37.496 0.649 0.058
12 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.631 0.784 0.135
13 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 1'37.700 0.853 0.069
14 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1'37.764 0.917 0.064
15 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 1'37.812 0.965 0.048
16 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1'37.942 1.095 0.130
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1'37.994 1.147 0.052
18 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1'38.003 1.156 0.009
19 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1'38.030 1.183 0.027
20 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 1'38.091 1.244 0.061
21 52 Danny Kent Kalex 1'38.281 1.434 0.190
22 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1'38.326 1.479 0.045
23 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1'38.550 1.703 0.224
24 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 1'38.748 1.901 0.198
25 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1'38.855 2.008 0.107
26 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 1'39.370 2.523 0.515
27 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1'39.873 3.026 0.503
28 69 Danny Eslick Suter 1'40.404 3.557 0.531
  11 Sandro Cortese Kalex      

 

Round Number: 
5
2016
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