2019 Sepang Moto2 Qualifying Result: Early Attack Seals The Deal

The sky was completely obscured by clouds by the time the intermediate class took the stage and it felt like the calm before the literal storm for much of the qualifying session. Tom Luthi was the initial leader of Q2 but then the Swiss rider inadvertently gave rival Alex Marquez a reference on the next lap, allowing the Spaniard to snatch provisional pole just as drops of rain were hitting the main straight. Marquez continued with the twitchy moments but kept it suitably vertical so pressure then moved to his title rivals while conditions still allowed some improvements – if open to take some risks. Tetsuta Nagashima and Brad Binder showed some willingness and made good use of the remaining grip to get closer to the leader, but could not outdo the Marc VDS rider who will try to score match point from pole position.

Nagashima and Binder will try to stop the Spaniard’s charge from the front row of the grid, while Xavi Vierge, who opens row two, will have his teammate’s back. Luthi was left stranded towards the bottom of the top ten after the first few laps and was forced to push in the tricky conditions of the final few minutes of Q2, which paid off with a fifth grid position. Exceptional rookie Jorge Martin closes the second row of the grid, half a second off pole.

Sam Lowes opens row three ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Remy Gardner, while Luca Marini put practice troubles behind him to join the top ten. The Italian will share fourth row with compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio and MotoGP recruit Iker Lecuona.

Jorge Navarro’s title chances seemed all but gone when the Spaniard went down at turn 11 before even setting a time in Q2. Luckily for him, he managed to restart but lost precious track time and could not do any better than 15th, ahead of a fairly impressive Jesko Raffin, who made his way through Q1. Augusto Fernandez replicated that achievement but could not get any faster than 17th. The Italian trio of Nicolo Bulega, Marco Bezzecchi and Lorenzo Baldassarri struggled in Q1 and will have a lot of ground to recover to join the point positions on Sunday.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'05.244    
2 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'05.395 0.151 0.151
3 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'05.559 0.315 0.164
4 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'05.695 0.451 0.136
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'05.714 0.470 0.019
6 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'05.731 0.487 0.017
7 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'05.735 0.491 0.004
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'05.792 0.548 0.057
9 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'05.888 0.644 0.096
10 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'05.938 0.694 0.050
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'05.956 0.712 0.018
12 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'05.959 0.715 0.003
13 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'06.070 0.826 0.111
14 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'06.077 0.833 0.007
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'06.126 0.882 0.049
16 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'06.308 1.064 0.182
17 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'06.515 1.271 0.207
18 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'06.807 1.563 0.292
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'05.897    
Q2 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'05.956 0.059 0.059
Q2 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'06.014 0.117 0.058
Q2 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'06.061 0.164 0.047
19 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'06.143 0.246 0.082
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'06.263 0.366 0.120
21 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'06.267 0.370 0.004
22 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'06.324 0.427 0.057
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'06.363 0.466 0.039
24 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'06.510 0.613 0.147
25 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'06.746 0.849 0.236
26 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'06.924 1.027 0.178
27 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'07.058 1.161 0.134
28 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'07.245 1.348 0.187
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'07.756 1.859 0.511
30 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'07.764 1.867 0.008
31 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 2'07.851 1.954 0.087
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'08.432 2.535 0.581
Round Number: 
18
2019
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