2017 Brno Moto2 Qualifying Result: Once In A Decade *UPDATE*

Hot to the point of melting was the apparent forecast as the intermediate class got on with the qualifying session. Mattia Pasini didn’t seem to mind, the Italian going into provisional pole on his third lap and holding station until the very end to take his first pole position in a decade.

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli kept close to his pal, only five hundredths of a second behind, the order settling until Oliveira picked up the pace in the final two minutes and eked his way in the narrow space between the Italian duo.

Although only fourth, Pecco Bagnaia was also seven hundredths of a second from pole. Jorge Navarro seemed to have switched luck with Tom Luthi or the day, the Spaniard as high as third for much of the session while the Swiss rider was struggling down in twelfth spot after a tumble in the morning. As a couple of late improvers jumped ahead, Navarro dropped back to a still dignified fifth position, only a tenth of a second down on Pasini.

Back to the usual suspects for sixth place, Alex Marquez completing the second row of the grid, three tenths down on the poleman.

Luca Marini looks to have recovered nicely from all the various shoulder injuries to grab seventh on the grid, ahead of Sandro Cortese, who visited the gravel trap early in the session, and Simone Corsi, who made Dominique Aegerter visit the gravel trap early in the session.

The fourth row of the grid will feature Brad Binder, the South-African only four tenths down on the poleman and with Fabio Quartararo and Tom Luthi close behind.

While Khairul Idham Pawi seemed to make a step in the right direction in the dry, the Honda Team Asia rider qualifying thirteenth, his teammate Takaaki Nakagami continued to struggle down in fifteenth grid position.

UPDATE: Corsi was penalized with a 3-place grid penalty following his incident with Aegerter. The Italian will now start 12th, promoting Binder, Quartararo and Luthi one position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'02.611    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'02.643 0.032 0.032
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'02.661 0.050 0.018
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'02.686 0.075 0.025
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'02.742 0.131 0.056
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'02.965 0.354 0.223
7 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'02.990 0.379 0.025
8 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'03.048 0.437 0.058
9 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'03.052 0.441 0.004
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'03.062 0.451 0.010
11 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'03.148 0.537 0.086
12 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'03.214 0.603 0.066
13 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'03.242 0.631 0.028
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'03.316 0.705 0.074
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'03.491 0.880 0.175
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'03.604 0.993 0.113
17 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'03.612 1.001 0.008
18 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'03.632 1.021 0.020
19 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'03.739 1.128 0.107
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'03.746 1.135 0.007
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'03.788 1.177 0.042
22 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'03.804 1.193 0.016
23 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'03.899 1.288 0.095
24 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'04.117 1.506 0.218
25 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'04.267 1.656 0.150
26 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'04.294 1.683 0.027
27 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'04.366 1.755 0.072
28 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 2'04.417 1.806 0.051
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'04.424 1.813 0.007
30 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'04.645 2.034 0.221
31 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 2'04.774 2.163 0.129
32 98 Karel HANIKA Kalex 2'04.862 2.251 0.088

 

Round Number: 
10
2017
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Comments

32 riders within 2.3 seconds. That's pretty wild. It's gotta be frustrating--as talented and dedicated as most of these guys are, having essentially dedicated their lives to this--to be a second behind the leader and still sitting back in 20th place or something.