2017 Aragon Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Tale Of Two Polemen

The intermediate class narrative was more of the usual: a long lull bookended by hot laps. This time, with a twist at the end. If the bike on top throughout the session was an expected one, the rider was unexpected. Alex Marquez was the early leader after firing in a high 1:53, teammate Franco Morbidelli and Mattia Pasini joining the club in close proximity. With the Italian duo looking threatening all weekend, it was an even bigger surprise that the first rider to relegate Marquez was Miguel Oliveira, the Portuguese rider dominating the final sector to score his and KTM’s second pole position in the class. Their joy was slightly dampened by a mix up with cancelled lap times that briefly relegated Oliveira to ninth, but the poleman was reinstated after being sent off from parc fermé. The long walk back probably felt sweeter with the prospect of a brand new watch.

Pasini was keen to challenge for top honours but got a bit distracted, first by waving around at Sandro Cortese and then getting too acquainted with Edgar Pons’ rear tyre. Pole number five was not to be but the Italian will start second on the grid after some wild final laps. The last spot on the front row went to Alex Marquez, the still convalescent half of the Marc VDS garage doing one better than his teammate, only seven hundredths of a second off pole.

The world championship leader won’t have been too disappointed with fourth place, only a tenth down on Oliveira, both him and his teammate failing to improve on their early laps. Simone Corsi proved why he was the only other rider to have sat on the Aragon podium in Moto2 - besides the duo ahead of him – by going fifth quickest. Jorge Navarro continued his impressive progress to join the second row of the grid in sixth.

After his showing in practice, Tom Luthi could have done worse than seventh, starting right behind his title rival. The Swiss rider will be joined on the third row by Marcel Schrotter, who seemed to have recovered well from injury, and Cortese, who might actually be the tiniest bit disappointed after running as high as fourth in practice.

Takaaki Nakagami in tenth briefly looked like threatening pole but ran into trouble in the final sectors. His fourth row start will be shared with Misano victor Dominique Aegerter and Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian ending his afternoon with a light crash.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'53.736    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.757 0.021 0.021
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.807 0.071 0.050
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'53.841 0.105 0.034
5 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'53.876 0.140 0.035
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'53.922 0.186 0.046
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'53.976 0.240 0.054
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.053 0.317 0.077
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.072 0.336 0.019
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.149 0.413 0.077
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'54.225 0.489 0.076
12 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'54.282 0.546 0.057
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'54.361 0.625 0.079
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'54.461 0.725 0.100
15 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.534 0.798 0.073
16 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.717 0.981 0.183
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'54.728 0.992 0.011
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'54.797 1.061 0.069
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'54.856 1.120 0.059
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'54.870 1.134 0.014
21 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'54.880 1.144 0.010
22 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'54.883 1.147 0.003
23 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.032 1.296 0.149
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'55.040 1.304 0.008
25 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.080 1.344 0.040
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.167 1.431 0.087
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'55.194 1.458 0.027
28 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'55.224 1.488 0.030
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'55.400 1.664 0.176
30 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'55.652 1.916 0.252
31 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'55.688 1.952 0.036
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.770 2.034 0.082
33 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'55.805 2.069 0.035
34 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'55.906 2.170 0.101

 

Round Number: 
14
2017
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