2018 Jerez Moto2 Qualifying Result: It’s Been A Long Time Coming

The intermediate class took to the track in the hottest temperatures of the day and it was a familiar sight at the top of the timesheets with Lorenzo Baldassarri staring off fastest and finishing fastest. Pecco Bagnaia was edging ever closer throughout the first half of the session with the second half bringing us the fight between Baldassarri and Alex Marquez. The duo managed to dip into the 1:41s but in the end it was the Pons rider who finally scored his first ever pole position by posting the fastest Moto2 lap around the Spanish circuit.

Marquez had to settle for second, only seven hundredths of a second behind, with Bagnaia another six hundredths slower. The front row cast seems the most likely to settle victory amongst themselves, although Marc VDS and Sky Racing will have to find something special to keep up with Baldassarri’s fierce pace.

Jorge Navarro is not unfamiliar to gravel traps and this session was no exception but the end result still scored him a spot on the second row of the grid, alongside Brad Binder as the lead KTM and Joan Mir, the Spaniard not in the greatest of health but coming through to a sixth position.

Xavi Vierge got back into the top seven, opening the third row of the grid ahead of Sam Lowes, whose progress was hindered early on by a crash. Rookie Romano Fenati qualified ninth but only half a second off pole, with Mattia Pasini taking two tumbles on his way to the final top ten position. Miguel Oliveira was not in the best of shapes either as the KTM rider’s late crash saw him drop all the way down to 14th grid spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'41.925    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'41.996 0.071 0.071
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'42.064 0.139 0.068
4 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'42.324 0.399 0.260
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'42.362 0.437 0.038
6 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'42.367 0.442 0.005
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'42.404 0.479 0.037
8 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'42.408 0.483 0.004
9 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'42.437 0.512 0.029
10 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'42.439 0.514 0.002
11 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'42.480 0.555 0.041
12 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'42.513 0.588 0.033
13 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'42.567 0.642 0.054
14 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'42.573 0.648 0.006
15 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'42.590 0.665 0.017
16 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'42.660 0.735 0.070
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'42.772 0.847 0.112
18 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'42.797 0.872 0.025
19 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'42.798 0.873 0.001
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'42.896 0.971 0.098
21 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'43.029 1.104 0.133
22 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'43.064 1.139 0.035
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'43.085 1.160 0.021
24 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'43.256 1.331 0.171
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'43.334 1.409 0.078
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'43.600 1.675 0.266
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'43.613 1.688 0.013
28 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'43.943 2.018 0.330
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'44.179 2.254 0.236
30 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'44.327 2.402 0.148
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'44.382 2.457 0.055
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'44.626 2.701 0.244
33 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 1'44.855 2.930 0.229
Round Number: 
4
2018
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