2018 Buriram Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Crowded Three Hundredths Of A Second

The final battle of the day was the usual smouldering fire but this time set in the humid heat of Thailand. Lorenzo Baldassarri’s second flying lap set him up at the top of the timesheets and challengers were few throughout the remaining 40 minutes. One of the most significant was Alex Marquez, the Spaniard enjoying an eventful session which started off with a grassy excursion, continued with a cancelled fastest time and ended two hundredths of a second off pole. The achievement stayed with Baldassarri for only the second time in the Italian’s career, as he snatched the first Moto2 pole position in Buriram.

Marquez just about missed out on pole but separated an all Italian lineup with Luca Marini and Mattia Pasini, demoting the Italtrans rider to row two. That left the front row separated by a mere three hundredths of a second. Pasini turned his consistent speed throughout the weekend into a second row start, a tenth slower than Marini and rueing a late fall. The title fight resumes from second row on the grid as well, Miguel Oliveira showing the way to Pecco Bagnaia in fifth and sixth positions.

Brad Binder made some late progress into seventh, sharing row three with a somewhat disappointed Fabio Quartararo and a speedy Augusto Fernandez. Marcel Schrotter in tenth grid spot was barely three tenths off pole, with 20 riders lapping within a second of Baldassarri. This included Joan Mir on row four, Sam Lowes on row five and Jorge Navarro another row back.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'36.374    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'36.400 0.026 0.026
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'36.408 0.034 0.008
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'36.527 0.153 0.119
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'36.529 0.155 0.002
6 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'36.531 0.157 0.002
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'36.545 0.171 0.014
8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'36.589 0.215 0.044
9 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'36.661 0.287 0.072
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'36.689 0.315 0.028
11 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'36.744 0.370 0.055
12 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'36.797 0.423 0.053
13 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'36.865 0.491 0.068
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'36.867 0.493 0.002
15 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'36.877 0.503 0.010
16 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'36.878 0.504 0.001
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'36.894 0.520 0.016
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'36.898 0.524 0.004
19 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'36.933 0.559 0.035
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'37.069 0.695 0.136
21 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'37.287 0.913 0.218
22 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'37.432 1.058 0.145
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'37.474 1.100 0.042
24 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'37.537 1.163 0.063
25 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 1'37.588 1.214 0.051
26 99 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex 1'37.673 1.299 0.085
27 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'37.686 1.312 0.013
28 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'37.722 1.348 0.036
29 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'37.997 1.623 0.275
30 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'38.260 1.886 0.263
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'38.622 2.248 0.362
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'38.772 2.398 0.150
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2018
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18 riders with Remy Gardner in 19th being only 0.559 off leader!

close racing indeed,

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