2018 Austin Moto2 Qualifying Result: Learning From The Best

The intermediate class closed the show on Saturday in Austin and they brought some twists to the tale. While several stories were unfolding throughout the field, there seemed to be another Marquez master at COTA, Alex Marquez taking an early lead in the qualifying session and letting the chasers do their job. Sam Lowes did it best, by exactly one thousandth of a second but that gap proved not to be sustainable after the Marc VDS rider’s final time attack. Marquez scored pole to get his title chase back on track, while Lowes cannot be too disappointed with a front row start. The leading duo will be joined by Mattia Pasini in third grid position after the Italian made some late progress.

Pecco Bagnaia had a somewhat frustrating session, several mistakes seeing him miss out on the front row by one hundredth of a second and settling for fourth. A splendid Joan Mir was not too far away from his teammate, adding a fifth grid position to the team’s reasons to celebrate. Luca Marini also put in an admirable performance to close the second row of the grid, six tenths down on the poleman.

Xavi Vierge’s seventh position was consistent with what he showed throughout the weekend, the Spaniard fronting the fourth row of the grid ahead of teammate Marcel Schrotter and a notable step up from Fabio Quartararo.

Meanwhile, you might have noticed a distinct lack of factory KTMs up to this point in the story, which will come as a surprise given the speed Miguel Oliveira demonstrated in all other practice sessions. The Portuguese rider suffered a big upset to only qualify twelfth, very close behind Isaac Viñales and Dominique Aegerter, with teammate Brad Binder another four grid positions behind.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'10.588    
2 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'10.744 0.156 0.156
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'10.993 0.405 0.249
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'11.009 0.421 0.016
5 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'11.124 0.536 0.115
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'11.199 0.611 0.075
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'11.257 0.669 0.058
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'11.276 0.688 0.019
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'11.282 0.694 0.006
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'11.283 0.695 0.001
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'11.309 0.721 0.026
12 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'11.321 0.733 0.012
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'11.421 0.833 0.100
14 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'11.513 0.925 0.092
15 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'11.548 0.960 0.035
16 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'11.566 0.978 0.018
17 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'11.588 1.000 0.022
18 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'11.593 1.005 0.005
19 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'11.594 1.006 0.001
20 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'11.649 1.061 0.055
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'11.699 1.111 0.050
22 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'11.905 1.317 0.206
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'12.189 1.601 0.284
24 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'12.278 1.690 0.089
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'12.348 1.760 0.070
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'12.457 1.869 0.109
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'12.518 1.930 0.061
28 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'12.729 2.141 0.211
29 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'13.213 2.625 0.484
30 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'13.340 2.752 0.127
31 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'13.944 3.356 0.604
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'15.296 4.708 1.352
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