2016 Motegi Moto2 QP Result: A Record -- And A Repeat -- On Pole

Results Below:

Johann Zarco set the fastest-ever Moto2 lap to capture the pole position at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit Saturday. The French rider, who also took pole position here last year, is the first-ever Moto2 rider to dip into the 1'49s at the 4.8 km (2.9 mi.) Japanese track. Thomas Luthi, who held the top spot for much of qualifying and sits fourth in the championship, ended his day six-hundredths behind Zarco's record-setting 1'49.961.

Franco Morbidelli completed the front row, another three-tenths back. 

Sam Lowes, winner at the previous race at Aragon, qualified fourth, just in front of Axel Pons who crashed late in the session. Takaaki Nakagami, who led the first practice here Friday, held on for seventh, four-hundredths clear of Alex Marquez (8th). Jonas Folger (9th), winner at Brno, completed the third row with Mattia Pasini rounding out the top 10.

The pole position improves Zarco's chances at a second-consecutive Moto2 world title. His primary title-rival, Alex Rins, has struggled with injuries recently and crashed heavily in FP2. Rins languished in 22nd place after qualifying. While the Spaniard currently sits only a single point behind Zarco, his race pace this weekend -- particularly when compared to Zarco's -- could make any points difficult to come by on Sunday.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'49.961    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'50.028 0.067 / 0.067
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'50.317 0.356 / 0.289
4 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'50.333 0.372 / 0.016
5 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'50.380 0.419 / 0.047
6 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'50.501 0.540 / 0.121
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'50.522 0.561 / 0.021
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'50.563 0.602 / 0.041
9 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'50.743 0.782 / 0.180
10 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'50.822 0.861 / 0.079
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'50.894 0.933 / 0.072
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'50.898 0.937 / 0.004
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'50.917 0.956 / 0.019
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'50.969 1.008 / 0.052
15 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'51.035 1.074 / 0.066
16 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'51.048 1.087 / 0.013
17 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'51.123 1.162 / 0.075
18 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'51.281 1.320 / 0.158
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'51.311 1.350 / 0.030
20 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'51.451 1.490 / 0.140
21 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'51.490 1.529 / 0.039
22 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'51.594 1.633 / 0.104
23 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'51.621 1.660 / 0.027
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'51.739 1.778 / 0.118
25 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'51.844 1.883 / 0.105
26 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'51.925 1.964 / 0.081
27 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'51.975 2.014 / 0.050
28 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'52.233 2.272 / 0.258
29 63 Naomichi URAMOTO Kalex 1'52.966 3.005 / 0.733
30 84 Taro SEKIGUCHI TSR 1'54.397 4.436 / 1.431

 

Round Number: 
15
2016
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