2019 Austin Moto2 QP Result: Teutonic Shift

Marcel Schrotter made it a clean-sweep of the Moto2 weekend practices at the Circuit of the Americas track in Texas with a pole position. Schrotter, who topped the timesheet in FP1 and FP2 (FP3 was canceled due to rain) finished the session just five-hundredths of a second in front of second-place Alex Marquez. 

The German rider sits third in the Moto2 championship while Marquez is fourth two points behind. Marquez, who finished on the podium in the previous race and who twice has been a top-five Moto2 finisher at COTA, ended qualifying two-tenths in front of the final front-row rider, Sam Lowes (3rd). 

Thomas Luthi (4th) led the session through the halfway point but was unable to respond when the top-three riders set their fastest laps at the session's end. Joining him on the second row are Brad Binder (5th) and Jorge Navarro (6th). Mattia Pasini, a fill-in replacement rider for an injured Agusto Fernandez, put his Kalex in the lead spot on the third row in seventh. He was the last rider on the grid to finish qualifying within a second of Schrotter's time.

Moto2 rookie Jorge Martin, who crashed out of previous race, will start eighth on the grid for Sunday race. Simone Corsi (9th) and Luca Marini complete the top 10. And where's championship leader Lorenzo Baldasarri? The rider who won the season's first two races sits in 15th, the fifth row's final slot. 

Result:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
POLE 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'10.875    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'10.933 0.058 0.058
3 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'11.123 0.248 0.190
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'11.243 0.368 0.120
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'11.276 0.401 0.033
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'11.333 0.458 0.057
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'11.528 0.653 0.195
8 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'12.006 1.131 0.478
9 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'12.039 1.164 0.033
10 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'12.083 1.208 0.044
11 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'12.230 1.355 0.147
12 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'12.313 1.438 0.083
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'12.494 1.619 0.181
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'12.529 1.654 0.035
15 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'12.664 1.789 0.135
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'12.669 1.794 0.005
17 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'12.903 2.028 0.234
18 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'13.629 2.754 0.726
Round Number: 
3
2019
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