2018 Assen Moto2 Qualifying Result: Early Bird Gets The Worm

After the wild ride of MotoGP qualifying, the intermediate class was more of a palette cleanser once Pecco Bagnaia planted his flag at the top of the standings. His lead wasn’t all that comfortable, only seven hundredths of a second keeping him ahead of Marcel Schrotter but eventually it was just enough to secure the Italian pole position. In a perhaps surprising turn of events, SKY Racing teammate Luca Marini spent most of the session on provisional front row and will start the race from third, behind Schrotter.

Alex Marquez kept a low profile in fourth position throughout the session but misfortune hit in turn seven in the final five minutes to end his qualifying session early but the Spaniard got way with fourth position nonetheless. The session was red flagged soon after, with Niki Tuuli needing some assistance after a crash in turn five and his bike possibly leaving some fluid on the surface. Once the session was resumed, there was time for two flying laps at a stretch but the chaos proved quite unhelpful and few improvements were to be found.

Xavi Vierge looked a little lost in practice but made a comeback in qualifying to finish fifth, while Sam Lowes continued a consistent weekend with sixth grid position, only one and a half tenths off the poleman. Fabio Quartararo opens row three of the grid, only two tenths of a second off pole and in the company of Andrea Locatelli and Jorge Navarro. The Spaniard ticked off another crash during the sessions but his earl benchmark helped significantly.

Joan Mir continued an on-and-off weekend with tenth on the grid, ahead of Mattia Pasini and Khairul Idham Pawi. Lorenzo Baldassarri has become an unusual sight so far down the grid but the Italian was only fast enough for 13th, one place ahead of Romano Fenati.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'37.608    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'37.681 0.073 0.073
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'37.689 0.081 0.008
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'37.717 0.109 0.028
5 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'37.768 0.160 0.051
6 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'37.787 0.179 0.019
7 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'37.812 0.204 0.025
8 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.853 0.245 0.041
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'37.856 0.248 0.003
10 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'37.895 0.287 0.039
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'37.899 0.291 0.004
12 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'37.940 0.332 0.041
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.955 0.347 0.015
14 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'38.061 0.453 0.106
15 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.178 0.570 0.117
16 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'38.215 0.607 0.037
17 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.228 0.620 0.013
18 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'38.245 0.637 0.017
19 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'38.305 0.697 0.060
20 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'38.425 0.817 0.120
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'38.433 0.825 0.008
22 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'38.605 0.997 0.172
23 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'38.686 1.078 0.081
24 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'38.715 1.107 0.029
25 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'38.986 1.378 0.271
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'39.121 1.513 0.135
27 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'39.301 1.693 0.180
28 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'39.337 1.729 0.036
29 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'39.615 2.007 0.278
30 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'39.663 2.055 0.048
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'41.117 3.509 1.454
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'41.388 3.780 0.271
  45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex      
Round Number: 
8
2018
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