2018 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: Early Bird Gets The Worm

The usual scenic excursions were nothing new for Moto2 but the final front row picture was a different story altogether. Pecco Bagnaia had only tentatively dipped into the top five prior to this session but the Italian set camp at the top of the timesheets on lap four and there was no moving him. There were a few attempts from the likes of Xavi Vierge and Alex Marquez but the SKY rider went unchallenged to the flag and scored his first pole position in the intermediate class.

Vierge was a safe second for the entire length of the session but his final chase for pole ended in the gravel trap in turn nine. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Baldassarri seemed lost throughout the weekend but he pulled a front row start out of the bag when needed, four tenths down on his flatmate but a lot faster than anything else he had showed until that point.

Joan Mir demonstrated good speed all weekend but did not look like a serious threat to Bagnaia’s dominance, half a second off and opening the second row of the grid. If practice was anything to go by, the odds for a pole from Marcel Schrotter looked quite good but the German could not do better than fifth in the end. Alex Marquez was extremely and consistently fast in the first two sectors but the rest are pretty important too and it was where the Spaniard repeatedly lost his advantage in the fight for pole. He will line up sixth, only five thousandths of a second separating him from the man ahead.

Sam Lowes had a very Sam Lowes kind of session, crashing out twice but his fastest time still good enough for seventh position. Brad Binder came out of almost literally nowhere to grab eighth on a track he had not previously ridden on a Moto2 machine. Third row of the grid was completed by Simone Corsi, seven tenths down on pole.

Miguel Oliveira found a small improvement from earlier this morning and climbed onto the fourth row of the grid, ahead of Mattia Pasini – who also graced a gravel trap – and rookie Romano Fenati.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'36.188    
2 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'36.390 0.202 0.202
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'36.583 0.395 0.193
4 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'36.659 0.471 0.076
5 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'36.671 0.483 0.012
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'36.676 0.488 0.005
7 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'36.784 0.596 0.108
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'36.920 0.732 0.136
9 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'36.951 0.763 0.031
10 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'36.976 0.788 0.025
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'37.099 0.911 0.123
12 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'37.193 1.005 0.094
13 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'37.193 1.005  
14 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'37.243 1.055 0.050
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'37.359 1.171 0.116
16 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.440 1.252 0.081
17 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'37.444 1.256 0.004
18 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'37.457 1.269 0.013
19 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'37.460 1.272 0.003
20 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'37.485 1.297 0.025
21 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'37.565 1.377 0.080
22 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'37.673 1.485 0.108
23 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'37.816 1.628 0.143
24 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'37.847 1.659 0.031
25 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'37.962 1.774 0.115
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'38.077 1.889 0.115
27 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'38.191 2.003 0.114
28 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'38.377 2.189 0.186
29 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'38.638 2.450 0.261
30 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'38.683 2.495 0.045
31 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'38.712 2.524 0.029
32 19 Corentin PEROLARI Transformiers 1'38.769 2.581 0.057
33 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'38.802 2.614 0.033
34 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'38.927 2.739 0.125
35 80 Cedric TANGRE Tech 3 1'40.723 4.535 1.796
Round Number: 
5
2018
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