2016 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Result: The Mark Of A Champion

Despite not leading any of the practice sessions, Johann Zarco gave us an early reminder of why he is the reigning world champion, beating Pol Espargaro’s fastest lap record around the Ricardo Tormo circuit, standing from 2013.

Once the impressive benchmark was set, it was up to the rivals to reach the bar that was raised. Thomas Luthi also managed to drop under the record time but it was still not enough to get ahead of the Frenchman, so he will start from second position on the grid. Franco Morbidelli also put up a fight to get as close as five hundredths of a second off Zarco but eventually had to settle for third.

Mattia Pasini is enjoying a great weekend, starting at the front of the second row, while Alex Rins seems to have finally caught up with the crowd he usually hangs with. He will start fifth, in front of fellow Spaniard Julian Simon, the QMMF rider making the best of what appears to be his last race in Moto2.

Brits Sam Lowes and Danny Kent will share third row with Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Marquez and Jonas Folger just behind, less than a tenth of a second off Kent, the top twenty covered by less than one second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'34.879    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'34.885 0.006 0.006
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'34.933 0.054 0.048
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'35.152 0.273 0.219
5 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'35.184 0.305 0.032
6 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'35.222 0.343 0.038
7 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'35.237 0.358 0.015
8 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'35.345 0.466 0.108
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'35.365 0.486 0.020
10 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'35.368 0.489 0.003
11 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'35.403 0.524 0.035
12 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'35.495 0.616 0.092
13 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'35.517 0.638 0.022
14 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'35.607 0.728 0.090
15 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 1'35.650 0.771 0.043
16 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'35.682 0.803 0.032
17 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'35.747 0.868 0.065
18 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'35.756 0.877 0.009
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'35.797 0.918 0.041
20 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'35.863 0.984 0.066
21 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'35.923 1.044 0.060
22 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'35.993 1.114 0.070
23 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'35.995 1.116 0.002
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'36.012 1.133 0.017
25 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'36.045 1.166 0.033
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'36.278 1.399 0.233
27 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'36.309 1.430 0.031
28 42 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'36.728 1.849 0.419
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'36.787 1.908 0.059
30 16 Hugo CLERE Transfiormers 1'40.531 5.652 3.744

 

Round Number: 
18
2016
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