2019 Phillip Island Moto2 Qualifying Result: Racing Against Rain

The sky in Phillip Island kept the paddock on its toes, spitting short showers at random times, not enough to soak the track but just enough to put question marks in riders and team’s heads. The apparent sun also told lies, given the low temperatures and strong wind that affected performance. The battle for pole started dry and ended up being decided by yet another shower in the final five minutes, Poseidon handing pole position to Jorge Navarro. The Speed Up rider heads the grid for the third time this season after being three tenths of a second faster than Brad Binder. After a challenging few days for Luca Marini including a stint through Q1, the youngster found the remedy for pain on the front row of the grid.

Fabio Di Giannantonio got tired of Jorge Martin stealing his rookie spotlight and qualified fourth, although only one place ahead of the Spaniard. Sam Lowes led the way in Q1 and placed sixth in Q2, but the Gresini rider has a back of the grid penalty to serve after his FP2 hot-headedness, which allows Alex Marquez onto the second row of the grid. With most of his title rivals crowding the front row, the Spaniard will need to engage in some serious battles to secure the title in Australia. However, the other title hopeful has even more of a challenge to keep his hopes alive, Augusto Fernandez having a dismal session ended in 17th position.

Jesko Raffin impressed in opening row three, ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Iker Lecuona, while Tom Luthi starts one row back – theoretically in the company of Tetsuta Nagashima and Nicolo Bulega but with the Japanese rider carrying a 3-place grid penalty from his home race, that promotes Stefani Manzi to row four. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Marcel Schrotter were the big losers in Q1, although a lot of the attention went to Dominique Aegerter, whose save out of Siberia puts Alex Marquez’s recent efforts to shame.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'33.565    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'33.886 0.321 0.321
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'33.934 0.369 0.048
4 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'33.936 0.371 0.002
5 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'33.941 0.376 0.005
6 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'34.041 0.476 0.100
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'34.136 0.571 0.095
8 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'34.243 0.678 0.107
9 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'34.250 0.685 0.007
10 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'34.257 0.692 0.007
11 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'34.293 0.728 0.036
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'34.399 0.834 0.106
13 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'34.497 0.932 0.098
14 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'34.663 1.098 0.166
15 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'34.694 1.129 0.031
16 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'34.730 1.165 0.036
17 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'35.173 1.608 0.443
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'36.305 2.740 1.132
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'34.357    
Q2 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'34.599 0.242 0.242
Q2 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'34.669 0.312 0.070
Q2 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'34.772 0.415 0.103
19 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'34.812 0.455 0.040
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'34.970 0.613 0.158
21 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'35.012 0.655 0.042
22 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'35.072 0.715 0.060
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'35.220 0.863 0.148
24 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'35.388 1.031 0.168
25 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'35.401 1.044 0.013
26 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'36.003 1.646 0.602
27 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'36.320 1.963 0.317
28 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'36.750 2.393 0.430
29 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'37.206 2.849 0.456
30 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'37.376 3.019 0.170
31 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'37.533 3.176 0.157
32 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'39.830 5.473 2.297
Round Number: 
17
2019
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