2016 Sepang Moto2 QP Result: Seconds Anyone?

Johann Zarco appears more than ready to seize a second Moto2 championship with a blistering qualifying session Saturday that put him two full seconds clear of the runner-up. Zarco's  2'18.621 -- set after he already had a qualifying gap of one second over the number two grid position -- came on a drying track and on rain tires at the Sepang Circuit.

If Zarco wins the race Sunday, the championship is his. Franco Morbidelli -- who has excelled in the second half of the season with six podiums in nice races -- traded the top time with Zarco for much of qualifying. Then Zarco left the field behind and relegated Morbidelli to a distant second spot on the grid, matching the Italian's best qualifying of 2016. Axel Pons took third, the second time in his grand prix career he has qualified on the front row.

Jonas Folger leads the second row, just in front of Thomas Luthi (4th). Luthi, winner of two races in a row and four on the year, sits second in the championship to Zarco, 22 points adrift. Lorenzo Baldassari, at three seconds from the pole sitter, completed the third row. Xavier Simeon (7th) just clipped Mattia Pasini (8th) while Remy Gardner -- who has never started a Grand Prix inside the top 20 -- managed his best-ever qualifying in ninth. Simone Corsi completed the top 10.

Weather for tomorrow race is expected to be varied but the teams are planning for rain. 

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 2'18.621    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'20.755 2.134 / 2.134
3 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'21.383 2.762 / 0.628
4 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 2'21.559 2.938 / 0.176
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'21.775 3.154 / 0.216
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'21.836 3.215 / 0.061
7 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 2'21.941 3.320 / 0.105
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'22.029 3.408 / 0.088
9 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'22.070 3.449 / 0.041
10 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'22.107 3.486 / 0.037
11 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'22.556 3.935 / 0.449
12 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 2'22.697 4.076 / 0.141
13 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'23.187 4.566 / 0.490
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'23.213 4.592 / 0.026
15 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 2'23.387 4.766 / 0.174
16 20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 2'23.629 5.008 / 0.242
17 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'23.677 5.056 / 0.048
18 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'23.785 5.164 / 0.108
19 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 2'23.913 5.292 / 0.128
20 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'23.935 5.314 / 0.022
21 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'24.145 5.524 / 0.210
22 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'24.274 5.653 / 0.129
23 40 Alex RINS Kalex 2'24.370 5.749 / 0.096
24 52 Danny KENT Kalex 2'24.542 5.921 / 0.172
25 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'24.639 6.018 / 0.097
26 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 2'24.793 6.172 / 0.154
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'25.030 6.409 / 0.237
28 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 2'25.611 6.990 / 0.581
             

 

Round Number: 
17
2016
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