2017 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Result: Happy Hunting Ground

The sun shone on the intermediate class and so did Alex Marquez, the Spaniard leading the field on his home playground for much of the qualifying session and finding half a second on the fastest time of the weekend on only his fourth lap. The time went unchallenged until the final shootout stated with ten minutes to go of the session, although to underwhelming results, with only a handful of changes throughout the grid. Marquez ended up scoring another pole position on home ground and will be hoping to repeat the pole-win trick from Barcelona.

World champion Franco Morbidelli kept within a tenth of his teammate following an early fast lap and will start the final race of the year from the middle of the front row. Mattia Pasini showed up to the party on Saturday afternoon and jumped straight on the front row, ruffling some feathers in the process, starting with the poleman himself.

It was more of the same for Brad Binder, consistency never an issue with the South-African, who climbed into fourth position and settled there until teammate Miguel Oliveira snuck ahead. Binder could not retaliate as he crashed lightly in turn four and was stuck with fifth. The KTM duo will share the second row of the grid with Dominique Aegerter.

Takaaki Nakagami finished seventh, to open the third row ahead of Pecco Bagnaia, the two being the final men within half a second of pole. Two tenths back, Xavi Vierge will join them on the third row.

A dreadful day at the office continued for Forward Racing, both of their riders outside the top twenty-five positions.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'35.050    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'35.115 0.065 0.065
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'35.155 0.105 0.040
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'35.182 0.132 0.027
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'35.323 0.273 0.141
6 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'35.448 0.398 0.125
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'35.462 0.412 0.014
8 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'35.467 0.417 0.005
9 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'35.653 0.603 0.186
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'35.683 0.633 0.030
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'35.762 0.712 0.079
12 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'35.770 0.720 0.008
13 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'35.787 0.737 0.017
14 88 Ricard CARDUS Kalex 1'35.848 0.798 0.061
15 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'35.866 0.816 0.018
16 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'35.923 0.873 0.057
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'35.970 0.920 0.047
18 51 Eric GRANADO Kalex 1'36.022 0.972 0.052
19 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'36.033 0.983 0.011
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'36.035 0.985 0.002
21 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'36.043 0.993 0.008
22 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'36.101 1.051 0.058
23 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'36.142 1.092 0.041
24 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'36.165 1.115 0.023
25 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'36.189 1.139 0.024
26 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'36.208 1.158 0.019
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'36.269 1.219 0.061
28 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'36.333 1.283 0.064
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'36.397 1.347 0.064
30 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'36.403 1.353 0.006
31 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'36.403 1.353  
32 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'36.996 1.946 0.593
  94 Jake DIXON Suter      

 

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2017
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