2019 Assen Moto2 Qualifying Result: Out Of Nowhere But Not Unexpected

As the last session of the day, the intermediate class got the warmest / worst of the conditions, causing a rather acrobatic session for the pole contenders. Not one to object to some slipping and sliding, Remy Gardner stole everyone’s thunder in the final two minutes, the Australian jumping from 14th to first and staying there to the checkered flag. Gardner snatched a career first pole position and did so in fine form, by a tenth of a second from Brad Binder and after dominating FP3. The KTM was another fairly unusual presence on the front row this year, Binder leading for much of the session and looking competitive in second position, ahead of a relieved Xavi Vierge.

Alex Marquez was unusually second best in the Estrella Galicia garage and opens row two from Q1 escapee Sam Lowes and top rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio. Jorge Navarro in seventh position was half a second off pole after passing through Q1 and will have Tom Luthi and rookie Enea Bastianini for company on row three. Andrea Locatelli and compatriot Luca Marini posted identical times on their way to the fourth row, where they are joined by Marcel Schrotter.

After cruising through Q1, Lorenzo Baldassarri took a fairly innocent early tumble in Q2 and struggled to do any better than 16th place. The Italian was the final rider within a second of pole.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'36.572    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'36.682 0.110 0.110
3 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'36.716 0.144 0.034
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'36.771 0.199 0.055
5 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'36.855 0.283 0.084
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'36.979 0.407 0.124
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'37.076 0.504 0.097
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'37.078 0.506 0.002
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'37.084 0.512 0.006
10 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.171 0.599 0.087
11 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'37.171 0.599  
12 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'37.233 0.661 0.062
13 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'37.340 0.768 0.107
14 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'37.405 0.833 0.065
15 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'37.413 0.841 0.008
16 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.456 0.884 0.043
17 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'37.592 1.020 0.136
18 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'37.604 1.032 0.012
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.030    
Q2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'37.143 0.113 0.113
Q2 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'37.358 0.328 0.215
Q2 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'37.505 0.475 0.147
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'37.529 0.499 0.024
20 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'37.626 0.596 0.097
21 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'37.789 0.759 0.163
22 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'37.805 0.775 0.016
23 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'38.063 1.033 0.258
24 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'38.103 1.073 0.040
25 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'38.118 1.088 0.015
26 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'38.121 1.091 0.003
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'38.462 1.432 0.341
28 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'38.510 1.480 0.048
29 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'38.967 1.937 0.457
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'39.474 2.444 0.507
  65 Philipp OETTL KTM      
Round Number: 
8
2019
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Comments

Exciting, I hope Remy remembers a line that reminds me of Barry Sheene though I am sure its lineage goes much further back

"To finish first, first you have to finish".