2018 Sachsenring Moto2 Qualifying Result: Straight To The Point

The intermediate class were definitely the odd ones out of their colleagues and given that 26 riders ended up covered by one second, you wouldn’t think that no positions changed in that group for about thirty minutes of the session. Mattia Pasini started strongly by setting a sublime set of laps, including the first and the best (but not last) 1:23 lap that the circuit had ever seen in the class. The Italian was soon joined in that club by a handful of other riders but Pasini’s fourth lap was already good enough to ensure him pole position at the checkered flag.

With FP3 leader Luca Marini and world championship leader Pecco Bagnaia finishing almost two tenths down on Pasini, the front row was an all-Italian affair, both rider and team-wise. Sam Lowes broke that pattern by qualifying fourth and missing out on the front row by only one thousandth of a second. Instead, the lead KTM had to settle for sharing second row with Lorenzo Baldassarri and Xavi Vierge.

Alex Marquez appeared to struggle somewhat after his painful FP3 tumble but his seventh position was still within three tenths of a second of pole. Teammate Joan Mir followed him closely and the Marc VDS duo was joined by home hero Marcel Schrotter on the third row of the grid.

Brad Binder was one of the few late improvers but perhaps he could have done better than tenth, had he not been impeded on his final hot lap. In consequence, the South African opens row four, ahead of Romano Fenati and Danny Kent.

Miguel Oliveira had another odd qualifying session which will demand yet another excellent launch off the line from row five, although the Portuguese rider was only half a second off his main title rival. Perhaps talk of MotoGP got to Fabio Quartararo, the young Frenchman struggling throughout the weekend, crashing early on in turn three and qualifying 18th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'23.787    
2 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'23.968 0.181 0.181
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'23.970 0.183 0.002
4 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'23.971 0.184 0.001
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'24.021 0.234 0.050
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'24.036 0.249 0.015
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'24.079 0.292 0.043
8 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'24.092 0.305 0.013
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'24.102 0.315 0.010
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'24.178 0.391 0.076
11 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'24.280 0.493 0.102
12 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'24.312 0.525 0.032
13 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'24.333 0.546 0.021
14 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'24.341 0.554 0.008
15 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'24.360 0.573 0.019
16 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'24.366 0.579 0.006
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'24.386 0.599 0.020
18 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'24.495 0.708 0.109
19 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'24.546 0.759 0.051
20 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'24.598 0.811 0.052
21 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'24.670 0.883 0.072
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'24.695 0.908 0.025
23 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'24.710 0.923 0.015
24 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'24.737 0.950 0.027
25 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'24.801 1.014 0.064
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'24.834 1.047 0.033
27 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'25.198 1.411 0.364
28 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'25.416 1.629 0.218
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'25.441 1.654 0.025
30 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'25.450 1.663 0.009
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'25.525 1.738 0.075
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'27.477 3.690 1.952
  66 Niki TUULI Kalex      
Round Number: 
9
2018
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