2019 Austria Moto2 Qualifying Result: Pleasant Surprises All Around

The forecast for Saturday did not quite predict how hot the asphalt would be for the intermediate class qualifying session and things got even hotter throughout – although more literally than metaphorically. Tetsuta Nagashima put his name at top of the timesheets on only his third lap and then turned provisional pole into a fantastic actual pole that improved on the lightweight class’ lap record around the Red Bull Ring. The Japanese rider’s achievement was seven hundredths of a second better than Brad Binder's, the South African finishing second on the grid. Perhaps as big of a surprise as pole came from the man in third, Somkiat Chantra turning an excellent showing in practice into a first front row start for the former Asia Talent Cup champion.

Enea Bastianini came close to breaking the Thai rider’s heart but the Italian had to settle for fourth, two tenths off pole and showing the way on row two to Tom Luthi and Lorenzo Baldassarri. Xavi Vierge is back at the fun end of the grid in seventh, one tenth of a second faster than Jorge Navarro and another seven thousandths keeping Remy Gardner at the back of row three.

Luca Marini went through Q1 to complete the top ten and will start the race ahead of championship leader Alex Marquez, who will hope to limit the damage after an underwhelming qualifying session for the Spaniard. Row four will be completed by Jorge Martin, while fellow rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio will have to put together quite a comeback from 18th grid position if he wants to replicate last week’s results.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'28.718    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'28.791 0.073 0.073
3 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'28.856 0.138 0.065
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'28.903 0.185 0.047
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'28.924 0.206 0.021
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'28.948 0.230 0.024
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'28.956 0.238 0.008
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'28.969 0.251 0.013
9 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'28.976 0.258 0.007
10 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'29.004 0.286 0.028
11 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'29.012 0.294 0.008
12 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'29.061 0.343 0.049
13 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'29.067 0.349 0.006
14 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'29.092 0.374 0.025
15 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'29.118 0.400 0.026
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'29.437 0.719 0.319
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'29.538 0.820 0.101
18 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'29.682 0.964 0.144
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'29.139    
Q2 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'29.346 0.207 0.207
Q2 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'29.374 0.235 0.028
Q2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'29.382 0.243 0.008
19 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'29.410 0.271 0.028
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'29.549 0.410 0.139
21 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'29.560 0.421 0.011
22 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'29.587 0.448 0.027
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'29.632 0.493 0.045
24 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'29.651 0.512 0.019
25 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'29.809 0.670 0.158
26 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'29.948 0.809 0.139
27 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'30.071 0.932 0.123
28 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'30.101 0.962 0.030
29 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'30.728 1.589 0.627
30 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'30.963 1.824 0.235
31 19 Teppei NAGOE Kalex 1'31.008 1.869 0.045
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'31.186 2.047 0.178
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2019
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