2016 Phillip Island Moto2 QP: Falling To The Top

Thomas Luthi grabbed pole position for the Australian GP Saturday during a qualifying session that saw nearly two-dozen crashes in dry-but-cooling conditions. Mattia Pasini has his best qualifying session ever to take second, just ahead of Sam Lowes (3rd). Lowes crashed twice in the chaotic session but still managed a fast final lap to jump into the final slot on the front row.

Sandro Cortese, one of the few top riders to remain upright throughout qualifying, briefly held the top spot but fell to fourth in the closing moments. Jesko Raffin, who held the top time for much of qualifying, was pushed to fifth at the end -- which still remains as the best qualifying position of his career. Jonas Folger (6th) completed the third row. 

Xavi Vierge in seventh leads the third row with Lorenzo Baldassarri (8th) and Franco Morbidelli in ninth. Morbidelli, like Lowes, crashed twice in qualifying. Current World Champion and 2016 points leader Johann Zarco, also crashed twice and ended in 10th. Alex Rins, second in the championship, ended his session in 16th

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'33.992    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'34.051 0.059 / 0.059
3 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'34.057 0.065 / 0.006
4 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'34.094 0.102 / 0.037
5 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'34.217 0.225 / 0.123
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'34.245 0.253 / 0.028
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'34.267 0.275 / 0.022
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'34.284 0.292 / 0.017
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'34.410 0.418 / 0.126
10 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'34.470 0.478 / 0.060
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.529 0.537 / 0.059
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'34.615 0.623 / 0.086
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'34.659 0.667 / 0.044
14 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'34.695 0.703 / 0.036
15 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'34.835 0.843 / 0.140
16 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'34.893 0.901 / 0.058
17 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'34.920 0.928 / 0.027
18 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'35.094 1.102 / 0.174
19 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'35.115 1.123 / 0.021
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'35.194 1.202 / 0.079
21 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'35.216 1.224 / 0.022
22 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'35.789 1.797 / 0.573
23 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'35.804 1.812 / 0.015
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'36.089 2.097 / 0.285
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'36.236 2.244 / 0.147
26 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'37.913 3.921 / 1.677
27 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 1'38.803 4.811 / 0.890
28 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'39.002 5.010 / 0.199
29 20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 1'39.340 5.348 / 0.338
             

 

Round Number: 
16
2016
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