2019 Motegi Moto2 Qualifying Result: One Above All

When the forecast spelled rain for Saturday, it forgot to mention a drying track halfway through the intermediate class’ qualifying sessions. The dry patches were not quite big enough for slick tyres yet but it did complicate things on an already complicated surface grip-wise. Add to that the lesson of Moto3, which saw Q1 riders at a significant advantage, and riders had a lot on their plate for those crucial 15 minutes. However, the biggest trouble for Luca Marini came before he even set off, when Maverick Viñales came to the rescue with a reminder that the young Italian was missing his knee sliders. From then on, it was plain sailing and Thai GP winner secured his first pole position of the season with an advantage of over a second.

The Flexbox HP40 squad joined SKY Racing in celebration as both their men made it to the front row, Augusto Fernandez ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri. Despite his FP3 heroics, Alex Marquez never looked like a threat for pole but the championship leader secured a second row start ahead of Q1 escapees Jorge Navarro and Somkiat Chantra, although the Thai rider ended the session with a small tumble at turn one. Tom Luthi opens the third row of the grid ahead of Marco Bezzecchi, who made it through Q1, limped to the pits with a technical problem halfway through Q2 and still posted a lap good enough for eighth position. Marcel Schrotter flew under the radar but secured the final spot available on row three.

Remy Gardner was significantly faster than the opposition in Q1 but misjudged his timing for a brave gamble on slick tyres in Q2 and could not post a time on them, dropping to tenth on the grid and sharing fourth row with a season best result for Stefano Manzi and a sensible 12th position for rookie Enea Bastianini. However, the big story of Q2 was Brad Binder, the KTM rider last throughout the session and almost five seconds slower than the poleman.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'00.985    
2 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'02.133 1.148 1.148
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'02.212 1.227 0.079
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'02.306 1.321 0.094
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'02.411 1.426 0.105
6 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'02.435 1.450 0.024
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'02.483 1.498 0.048
8 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'02.558 1.573 0.075
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'02.598 1.613 0.040
10 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'02.687 1.702 0.089
11 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'02.714 1.729 0.027
12 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'02.982 1.997 0.268
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'03.073 2.088 0.091
14 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'03.077 2.092 0.004
15 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'03.479 2.494 0.402
16 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'03.517 2.532 0.038
17 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'03.677 2.692 0.160
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'05.963 4.978 2.286
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'03.132    
Q2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'03.620 0.488 0.488
Q2 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'04.044 0.912 0.424
Q2 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'04.115 0.983 0.071
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'04.132 1.000 0.017
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'04.219 1.087 0.087
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'04.349 1.217 0.130
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'04.663 1.531 0.314
23 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'05.053 1.921 0.390
24 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'05.476 2.344 0.423
25 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'05.642 2.510 0.166
26 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'05.850 2.718 0.208
27 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'05.960 2.828 0.110
28 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'06.355 3.223 0.395
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'06.725 3.593 0.370
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'07.283 4.151 0.558
31 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 2'07.613 4.481 0.330
  96 Jake DIXON KTM      
Round Number: 
16
2019
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