The final action for the day came with some real action throughout the intermediate class’ qualifying session. The end result was particularly enjoyable for the Flexbox HP 40 garage, although maybe not for the side of the garage that flatters them most in the championship. Regardless, all eyes were on Augusto Fernandez, the youngster taking his first pole position in the class and doing so in the adulation of the home crowd.
Tom Luthi added yet another second place on the grid to this season’s catalogue and missed out on pole by two hundredths of a second, which not even a tow from Alex Marquez could find. Sam Lowes provided some excitement after the checkered flag came out, the British rider looking on course to snatch pole for much of his final lap but settled for third for only three hundredths of a second.
Even the man opening row two was within half a tenth of pole, Jorge Navarro leading teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio in a flashback to FP4. The duo could not quite replicate Speed Up’s FP4 performance but came as close as it got. Alex Marquez might be a little miffed with being only one tenth slower than pole position and yet finishing sixth but it was just that kind of day in Moto2.
Championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri was an integral part of his teammate’s achievement after giving him a bit of a tail to chase on his pole lap but could not benefit fully in return and settled for seventh. Q1 survivor Nicolo Bulega and compatriot Andrea Locatelli completed row three. Rookie Enea Bastianini had the speed but not the timing and some wobbles saw him stranded in tenth by the time the checkered flag waved but still ahead of some fairly experienced rivals in Remy Gardner and Marcel Schrotter.
Luca Marini opens row five ahead of top Q1 qualifier Bo Bendsneyder and top KTM Iker Lecuona but the biggest surprises of Q1 were Brad Binder being forced to settle for 19th on the grid, followed by Xavi Vierge in 20th position.
|4||9||Jorge NAVARRO||Speed Up||1'44.211||0.041||0.012|
|5||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Speed Up||1'44.259||0.089||0.048|
|21||77||Dominique AEGERTER||MV Agusta||1'45.048||0.386||0.131|
|22||62||Stefano MANZI||MV Agusta||1'45.133||0.471||0.085|
|24||20||Dimas EKKY PRATAMA||Kalex||1'45.302||0.640||0.037|