2018 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Result: Chasing The Leader

In the sandy Qatar night, Alex Marquez has been steadily getting a taste of the top of the timesheets and he seems to favour the position as soon as the light turns green. The Spaniard took no time in bettering the weekend’s best performance – his own – then biding his time for a final attack. No one was able to touch that early benchmark so the younger Marquez went on to give it a try himself. Several red sectors after, the Marc VDS rider shaved another three tenths off his time, putting half a second into the pursuers. That gap handed Marquez the first pole position of the season and firmly established him as a title contender, if that wasn’t clear enough yet.

Lorenzo Baldassarri proved to be the Spaniard’s main opponent throughout the weekend and that will continue into Sunday’s race, with the Italian putting in a late lap to start from second on the grid. Pecco Bagnaia had kept a low profile through practice but it was no surprise to see him make his way onto the front row of the grid, in the final slot available, although half a second slower than Marquez.

Miguel Oliveira adds to the quality title contender line-up from fourth grid position, only three hundredths of a second ahead of the increasingly impressive Romano Fenati. The Italian seems to have hit the ground running in the intermediate class and after dawdling outside the top ten early on, he made the jump all the way to fifth. Another surprising name adds to the second row cast, Danny Kent making another comeback to the class with a sixth position, six tenths down on the poleman.

Jorge Navarro seems to have built up some more consistency over winter and qualified seventh, opening the third row of the grid. Mattia Pasini would have hoped for a better result but some offroad skills were needed to keep his Kalex on track and into eighth position, just ahead of Marcel Schrotter. The top ten was completed by another familiar face, Sam Lowes sharing fourth row with Xavi Vierge and Remy Gardner.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'00.299    
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'00.607 0.308 0.308
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'00.843 0.544 0.236
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'00.846 0.547 0.003
5 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'00.899 0.600 0.053
6 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'00.965 0.666 0.066
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'01.038 0.739 0.073
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'01.062 0.763 0.024
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'01.129 0.830 0.067
10 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'01.167 0.868 0.038
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'01.176 0.877 0.009
12 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'01.252 0.953 0.076
13 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'01.338 1.039 0.086
14 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'01.351 1.052 0.013
15 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'01.355 1.056 0.004
16 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'01.404 1.105 0.049
17 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'01.420 1.121 0.016
18 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'01.421 1.122 0.001
19 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'01.482 1.183 0.061
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'01.562 1.263 0.080
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'01.745 1.446 0.183
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'01.936 1.637 0.191
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'01.954 1.655 0.018
24 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'02.324 2.025 0.370
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'02.433 2.134 0.109
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'02.568 2.269 0.135
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'03.233 2.934 0.665
28 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'03.263 2.964 0.030
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'03.453 3.154 0.190
30 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'03.516 3.217 0.063
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'04.078 3.779 0.562
32 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'04.780 4.481 0.702
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2018
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