2018 Barcelona Moto2 Qualifying Result: The Breakthrough

In a repeat of pretty much every other session in the intermediate class, the top positions looked reserved for the likes of Marcel Schrotter – the provisional poleman throughout the session – and Alex Marquez, who picked up the baton in the final 13 minutes. But the final gong was Fabio Quartararo putting in a stunning lap with three minutes left on the clock to take his first pole position in the class on the equally beautiful Speed Up machine. Red was clearly the colour of the day. Marquez ended the session a tenth behind the Frenchman, with Schrotter filling in the front row of the grid.

Pecco Bagnaia did not look like a threat for pole but his cautious approach earned him fourth spot, ahead of Brad Binder, who outclassed his teammate by a long way. A welcome addition to the second row was Mattia Pasini, the Italian finally finding his way into the top positions after a wobbly couple of sessions.

Xavi Vierge was the first victim of the late time attack rush and crashed out in turn one while running sixth. Luckily for him, the mistake only cost him one position. Joan Mir ended qualifying eighth, half a second down on his teammate and just ahead of Sam Lowes on the third row of the grid.

Lorenzo Baldassarri had a tough start to his session with a crash in turn 12 only ten minutes after the green flag waved but the Italian saved tenth position, sharing fourth row with Simone Corsi and Tetsuta Nagashima.

After an excellent practice session earlier in the day, Romano Fenati lost his way somewhat to finish 15th but nowhere near as much as Miguel Oliveira, who will have to fight his way through the field from 17th grid position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'43.474    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'43.590 0.116 0.116
3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'43.619 0.145 0.029
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'43.821 0.347 0.202
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'43.867 0.393 0.046
6 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'43.905 0.431 0.038
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'44.136 0.662 0.231
8 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'44.170 0.696 0.034
9 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'44.215 0.741 0.045
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'44.227 0.753 0.012
11 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'44.232 0.758 0.005
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'44.244 0.770 0.012
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'44.269 0.795 0.025
14 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'44.314 0.840 0.045
15 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'44.383 0.909 0.069
16 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'44.419 0.945 0.036
17 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'44.429 0.955 0.010
18 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'44.512 1.038 0.083
19 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'44.551 1.077 0.039
20 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'44.564 1.090 0.013
21 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'44.725 1.251 0.161
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'44.735 1.261 0.010
23 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'44.760 1.286 0.025
24 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'44.780 1.306 0.020
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'44.972 1.498 0.192
26 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'45.089 1.615 0.117
27 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'45.155 1.681 0.066
28 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'45.366 1.892 0.211
29 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'45.477 2.003 0.111
30 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Honda 1'45.532 2.058 0.055
31 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'45.560 2.086 0.028
32 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'45.605 2.131 0.045
33 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'45.902 2.428 0.297
34 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'46.544 3.070 0.642
Round Number: 
7
2018
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