2017 Jerez Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Front Row At Record Pace

The qualifying session of the intermediate class served to confirm that we will run out of headlines regarding the two EG 0,0 Marc VDS teammates at some point this season. Alex Marquez went out and broke the circuit record on only his third lap, while title leader Franco Morbidelli kept as close as five hundredths of a second.

Dominique Aegerter performed admirably to secure third despite a strange slide-turned-into-a-highside midway through the session. Those early laps proved to decide the final front row distribution, all three men under the previous record set by Sam Lowes.

The final rush on new tyres didn’t bear much fruit for the top men, very few improvements to the hierarchy taking place, including Tom Luthi lifting himself into twelfth position. That being said, he was almost a second down on Marquez so not much of a win for the Swiss rider, who will have quite a challenge to defend his championship position.

Miguel Oliveira will head the second row of the grid, followed by Mattia Pasini and a much improved Pecco Bagnaia. Some other notable performances were Xavi Vierge in seventh position, six tenths down on the leader, Marcel Schrotter in ninth and Khairul Idham Pawi in sixteenth, the Malaysian breaking into the top twenty for the first time this season.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'42.080    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'42.126 0.046 0.046
3 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'42.312 0.232 0.186
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'42.409 0.329 0.097
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'42.598 0.518 0.189
6 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'42.704 0.624 0.106
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'42.763 0.683 0.059
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'42.834 0.754 0.071
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'42.870 0.790 0.036
10 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'42.903 0.823 0.033
11 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'42.956 0.876 0.053
12 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'43.065 0.985 0.109
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'43.179 1.099 0.114
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'43.220 1.140 0.041
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'43.258 1.178 0.038
16 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'43.271 1.191 0.013
17 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'43.314 1.234 0.043
18 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'43.323 1.243 0.009
19 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'43.325 1.245 0.002
20 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'43.349 1.269 0.024
21 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'43.353 1.273 0.004
22 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'43.490 1.410 0.137
23 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'43.673 1.593 0.183
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'43.707 1.627 0.034
25 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'43.765 1.685 0.058
26 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'43.792 1.712 0.027
27 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'44.007 1.927 0.215
28 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'44.107 2.027 0.100
29 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'44.112 2.032 0.005
30 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'44.195 2.115 0.083
31 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'44.605 2.525 0.410
32 22 Federico FULIGNI Suter 1'45.848 3.768 1.243
Round Number: 
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2017
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Good work by Remi Gardner. He's in some pain, but he's doing his job. Showing the kind of balls that made his old man a world champion on 500s. I have not always been a huge fan, but right now he is showing why his name is Gardner.