2018 Mugello Moto2 Qualifying Result: Taking A Stand Against Procrastination

The final session of the day felt more like coffee after an excellent dessert – not the most exciting thing but gets the job done. And I’m sure Mattia Pasini did not feel that way as he led the charge for the Italian contingent at his home race. The Italtrans veteran nudged the pole record halfway through the session and although it proved too big of a challenge, Pasini did come out on top with a pole position in front of the home crowd.

Despite a late time attack, very few riders were able to improve on the times they set early in the session, only partly due to waiting around for tows. Marcel Schrotter was the early leader of the session but the Dynavolt rider finished second, losing out on pole by only three hundredths of a second. Another favourite for the weekend, Alex Marquez, completed the front row, less than seven hundredths off pole himself.

The gaps got a bit more significant on the second row of the grid, with Pecco Bagnaia still complaining about a painful arm but doing a great job to save fourth place with limited running. Simone Corsi awarded himself a nice gift and will start his 250th grand prix from fifth position. Rookie Romano Fenati overcame a crash in practice to complete the second row of the grid.

If second row was an all-Italian affair, third row got pretty close too, with Luca Marini leading former teammate Lorenzo Baldassarri across the line. Baldassarri had crashed out early in the session and the Pons crew conjured up some magic to fix his bike in time for another try. Joan Mir broke up the Italian brigade from ninth position but the Spaniard would’ve surely expected more after his stellar performance in practice.

Jorge Navarro completed the top ten, with Miguel Oliveira once again giving himself some work to do from eleventh, half a second down on Pasini and just ahead of Xavi Vierge. Sam Lowes was another rider up for a challenge from 14th grid position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'51.575    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'51.605 0.030 0.030
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'51.642 0.067 0.037
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'51.921 0.346 0.279
5 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'51.959 0.384 0.038
6 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'51.973 0.398 0.014
7 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'51.979 0.404 0.006
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'52.083 0.508 0.104
9 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'52.100 0.525 0.017
10 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'52.112 0.537 0.012
11 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'52.145 0.570 0.033
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'52.173 0.598 0.028
13 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'52.227 0.652 0.054
14 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'52.244 0.669 0.017
15 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'52.245 0.670 0.001
16 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'52.318 0.743 0.073
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'52.387 0.812 0.069
18 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'52.391 0.816 0.004
19 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'52.433 0.858 0.042
20 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'52.618 1.043 0.185
21 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'52.644 1.069 0.026
22 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'52.668 1.093 0.024
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'52.729 1.154 0.061
24 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'52.840 1.265 0.111
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'52.842 1.267 0.002
26 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'52.879 1.304 0.037
27 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'53.390 1.815 0.511
28 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'53.562 1.987 0.172
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'53.606 2.031 0.044
30 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'54.038 2.463 0.432
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'54.389 2.814 0.351
32 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'54.720 3.145 0.331
33 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'55.485 3.910 0.765
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... a Moto2 qualifying session for a long time. I must say, it's incredibly bland when the field has a whole 45 minutes to put down a strong lap time. I remember when the 15 minutes Q session introduced in the premiere class felt like unnecessary punishment to the MotoGP teams, but now it's a show of its own!

However, bringing the 15 minute format to Moto3 and 2 may be asking for complete and total carnage, considering all the teenagers out there...

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