2018 Silverstone Moto2 Qualifying Result: No Rest For The Wicked

Unlike Moto2 qualifying sessions of late, this time it was not all done and dusted 15 minutes in. This was mostly due to the rain that had graced the circuit earlier leaving a drying playground for the intermediate class riders, who had to push until the end to benefit from the constant track improvements. This meant that provisional pole changed hands too many times to count – almost at every crossing of the line – but the man in the right place at the right time was Pecco Bagnaia. The championship leader was there or thereabouts throughout the session but only hit the front when it mattered to snatch pole position by almost two tenths of a second.

Remy Gardner got robbed from top honours at the very last moment but the Tech 3 rider settled for his first front row start, ahead of Alex Marquez. The fastest man in the dry was quite fast in drying conditions too and climbed onto the second row of the grid, Marcel Schrotter finishing fourth, ahead of a more and more familiar face at the sharp end in Luca Marini. Fabio Quartararo was not fond of the conditions to begin with but fought his way into sixth grid spot.

Mattia Pasini opens row three from seventh place, with Iker Lecuona a commendable eighth after holding provisional pole on a couple of occasions throughout the session. Pretty much the same story goes for Sam Lowes, who eventually dropped to ninth. Romano Fenati was another early leader who was demoted to row four, ahead of an impressive and still convalescent Xavi Vierge and an subdued Lorenzo Baldassarri. Joan Mir had to settle for the middle of row five, sandwiched in between Andrea Locaelli and Augusto Fernandez.

One familiar name who hardly featured at the business end of the session was Miguel Oliveira, the KTM man struggling to break the top ten and getting demoted to 23rd position by the time the checkered flag waved, needing yet another rocket launch off the line to stop his title rival’s charge from pole.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'08.153    
2 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'08.347 0.194 0.194
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'08.411 0.258 0.064
4 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'08.442 0.289 0.031
5 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.643 0.490 0.201
6 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'08.756 0.603 0.113
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'08.772 0.619 0.016
8 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'08.774 0.621 0.002
9 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'08.785 0.632 0.011
10 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'08.908 0.755 0.123
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'08.921 0.768 0.013
12 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'08.976 0.823 0.055
13 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'09.007 0.854 0.031
14 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'09.041 0.888 0.034
15 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'09.129 0.976 0.088
16 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'09.252 1.099 0.123
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'09.301 1.148 0.049
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'09.323 1.170 0.022
19 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'09.578 1.425 0.255
20 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'09.582 1.429 0.004
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'09.706 1.553 0.124
22 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'09.838 1.685 0.132
23 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'09.968 1.815 0.130
24 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'09.994 1.841 0.026
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'10.112 1.959 0.118
26 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'10.285 2.132 0.173
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'10.888 2.735 0.603
28 65 Josh OWENS Kalex 2'11.033 2.880 0.145
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'11.522 3.369 0.489
30 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'12.355 4.202 0.833
31 55 Alejandro MEDINA Kalex 2'12.847 4.694 0.492
32 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'13.871 5.718 1.024
33 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'14.055 5.902 0.184
Round Number: 
12
2018
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