2018 Motegi Moto2 Qualifying Result: Start As You Mean To Go On

Nearly clear skies welcomed the intermediate class for the final rapid rodeo of the day and championship leader Pecco Bagnaia was quick to show his intentions by setting camp at the top of the timesheets and leaving his rivals struggling to get within half a second of the leader. Challengers were few throughout the session and the only real moves in the field came with ten minutes remaining so Bagnaia could rely on his early time to secure yet anther convincing pole position.

Fabio Quartararo came closest to showing intentions to the premier position but even with a couple of late personal best laps he could not really threaten pole, finishing second, his Speed Up machine one and a half tenths off the leader. This demoted Iker Lecuona to a still impressive third grid position, holding off a late charging Marcel Schrotter. The German will have to settle for row two, which will be shared with Lorenzo Baldasarri and Alex Marquez, the trio all within half a second of Bagnaia.

Xavi Vierge made some progress to secure seventh grid position ahead of Tetsuta Nagashima, while Miguel Oliveira could only climb as high as ninth. Starting from row three is certainly not an unfamiliar position for the Portuguese rider and he is a proved fast starter but the KTM man is not making his task any easier in the title fight. Teammate Brad Binder will have his back from row four, ahead of Luca Marini and Augusto Fernandez.

Remy Gardner, Joan Mir and Jorge Navarro had an underwhelming afternoon on row five, but probably not as bad as Sam Lowes’ in 19th or Mattia Pasini’s sizeable task from 21st on the grid and one second down on Bagnaia.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'50.759    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'50.924 0.165 0.165
3 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'50.990 0.231 0.066
4 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'51.043 0.284 0.053
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'51.092 0.333 0.049
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'51.250 0.491 0.158
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'51.313 0.554 0.063
8 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'51.327 0.568 0.014
9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'51.331 0.572 0.004
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.340 0.581 0.009
11 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'51.343 0.584 0.003
12 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.359 0.600 0.016
13 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'51.505 0.746 0.146
14 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'51.555 0.796 0.050
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'51.638 0.879 0.083
16 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'51.666 0.907 0.028
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'51.769 1.010 0.103
18 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'51.797 1.038 0.028
19 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'51.808 1.049 0.011
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'51.822 1.063 0.014
21 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'51.862 1.103 0.040
22 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 1'51.899 1.140 0.037
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'52.258 1.499 0.359
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'52.378 1.619 0.120
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'52.505 1.746 0.127
26 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'52.549 1.790 0.044
27 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'52.625 1.866 0.076
28 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'52.775 2.016 0.150
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'53.222 2.463 0.447
30 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'53.755 2.996 0.533
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'53.870 3.111 0.115
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'54.199 3.440 0.329
Round Number: 
16
2018
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