2019 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Result: Almost A One Man Show

Night fell over the Losail circuit as the intermediate class sampled the new qualifying format and the asphalt cooling down caused some trouble throughout the field but none of that for Marcel Schrotter. The man who dominated Friday’s timesheets only really faced opposition from former teammate Xavi Vierge, who had a couple goes at dethroning the Dynavolt rider. Ultimately, it was Schrotter to grabbed his first Moto2 pole position and the first for this qualifying setup. Vierge settled for second, a tenth and a half down on Schrotter and half a tenth ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri. The Italian left it late to show up to the party but made a decent entry on the front row.

Luca Marini was the fastest man to advance from Q1 and despite a late tumble in turn two, the SKY rider secured fourth grid position ahead of Remy Gardner and Sam Lowes. The British rider’s form promised more but he had to make do with sixth position without the benefit of a slipstream. Tom Luthi, Brad Binder and Alex Marquez fill in a very experienced third row, while Augusto Fernandez completed the top ten.

Tetsuta Nagashima, Nicolo Nulega and Iker Lecuona were the other names to escape Q1 but could not do better than positions 14 to 16 – although, in Lecuona’s defence, he was responsible with providing the drama after running out of fuel at the end of Q1 and only getting his bike back with five minutes left of Q2. Equally as disappointed would have been Fabio Di Giannantonio, whose Q2 worthy lap got cancelled after the checkered flag for blatantly exceeding track limits.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'58.585    
2 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'58.731 0.146 0.146
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'58.784 0.199 0.053
4 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'58.804 0.219 0.020
5 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'58.819 0.234 0.015
6 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'58.845 0.260 0.026
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'59.004 0.419 0.159
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'59.038 0.453 0.034
9 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'59.062 0.477 0.024
10 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'59.213 0.628 0.151
11 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'59.278 0.693 0.065
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'59.325 0.740 0.047
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'59.387 0.802 0.062
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.397 0.812 0.010
15 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'59.460 0.875 0.063
16 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'59.681 1.096 0.221
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'59.708 1.123 0.027
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'59.837 1.252 0.129
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'59.154    
Q2 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'59.303 0.149 0.149
Q2 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.442 0.288 0.139
Q2 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'59.709 0.555 0.267
19 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'59.754 0.600 0.045
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'59.786 0.632 0.032
21 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'59.931 0.777 0.145
22 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'00.024 0.870 0.093
23 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'00.506 1.352 0.482
24 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'00.518 1.364 0.012
25 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'00.836 1.682 0.318
26 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'00.861 1.707 0.025
27 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'00.872 1.718 0.011
28 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'00.880 1.726 0.008
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'00.929 1.775 0.049
30 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'00.951 1.797 0.022
31 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'01.291 2.137 0.340
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'02.863 3.709 1.572
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