2017 Barcelona Moto2 Qualifying Result: Making A Statement From The Start

As if he was fearing that the tarmac might melt any second now, Alex Marquez went out the pits and posted the first and what proved to be one of only two laps into the 1:49s in the qualifying session. His rivals had to postpone their pool time while trying to catch up on a gap of over half a second. The mission was eventually unsuccessful, the Spaniard’s early time proving unbeatable, not even by Marquez himself, the Marc VDS rider taking a brilliant pole position in his backyard.

The only rider to get within half a second of Marquez was, once again, Mattia Pasini, the Italian continuing to show great form with a second place on the grid. The next challenger was an unlikely one but more along the lines of the expectations we had this season from Lorenzo Baldassarri, the Italian getting as close as six tenths of a second of Marquez and completing the front row.

Takaaki Nakagami came out of nowhere to snatch a second row start, while Thomas Luthi looked on course to challenge for the front row but was hindered by traffic on his final lap and had to settle for fifth place. With the momentum on the other side of the garage, Franco Morbidelli had his worst qualifying of the season, in sixth position, which isn’t too shabby really.

Miguel Oliveira will open the third row, accompanied by Jorge Navarro, who is quickly becoming a usual sight in the top ten, Axel Pons the next rider to complete the row three line-up.

Meanwhile, Pecco Bagnaia has a bit of a recovery job in his schedule for Sunday, the Italian only qualifying twentieth, one place ahead of Moto3 champ Brad Binder.

While his teammate scored a front row start, Luca Marini has been withdrawn from the race due to shoulder injury recovery following the crash he had in the morning session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'49.408    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'49.515 0.107 0.107
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'50.052 0.644 0.537
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'50.201 0.793 0.149
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'50.206 0.798 0.005
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'50.271 0.863 0.065
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'50.276 0.868 0.005
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'50.346 0.938 0.070
9 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'50.415 1.007 0.069
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'50.469 1.061 0.054
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'50.554 1.146 0.085
12 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'50.700 1.292 0.146
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'50.734 1.326 0.034
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'50.751 1.343 0.017
15 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'50.757 1.349 0.006
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'50.777 1.369 0.020
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'50.812 1.404 0.035
18 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'50.884 1.476 0.072
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'50.933 1.525 0.049
20 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'50.995 1.587 0.062
21 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.097 1.689 0.102
22 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'51.097 1.689  
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'51.134 1.726 0.037
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'51.187 1.779 0.053
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'51.245 1.837 0.058
26 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'51.270 1.862 0.025
27 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'51.359 1.951 0.089
28 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'51.857 2.449 0.498
29 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'52.183 2.775 0.326
30 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'52.332 2.924 0.149
31 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'52.459 3.051 0.127
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'52.659 3.251 0.200

 

Round Number: 
7
2017
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