2019 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Result: Practice Lies

A whole 17 degrees warmed up the action ahead of the final qualifying session of the day and the intermediate class rose to the occasion, only half a second deciding the top 15 positions on the grid. Somewhat unexpectedly, Fabio Di Giannantonio placed the first bid for pole position, the rookie setting the fastest time early on before promptly joining the gravel trap at turn five. While the Italian’s stricken machine was finding a way back to the garage, his time stood until the final three minutes of the session, when action really heated up. In the blink of an eye, Di Giannantonio went from pole to off the front row, leaving Jorge Navarro to claim pole position and bring some joy to the home crowd. Navarro even found a way to improve the lap record that was already challenged a couple of times this weekend.

Jorge Martin came near to closing his already impressive rookie season with a pole position - two hundredths of a second close - but had to make do with second grid position. However, the big surprise of the front row was Stefano Manzi, the Italian bringing MV Agusta into the limelight after scoring his first top ten in the intermediate class. Despite having a more modest showing in practice, Luca Marini converted it into a second row start, ahead of Tom Luthi and with Di Giannantonio dropping to sixth. Practice miracle worker Brad Binder never really looked like a contender for pole by the time Q2 came about and will start seventh, opening row three for Augusto Fernandez and Enea Bastianini.

Despite being less than half a second down on pole, world champion Alex Marquez will have to start his final race of the reason from 15th grid position. A much more eventful session was had by Nicolo Bulega, the Italian looking fast in Q1 but a crash immediately after left him in doubt for Q2. His crew did an excellent job to allow him a few laps for a go at pole but 18th grid spot was the most that was on offer.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'34.461    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'34.478 0.017 0.017
3 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'34.633 0.172 0.155
4 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'34.646 0.185 0.013
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'34.674 0.213 0.028
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'34.704 0.243 0.030
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'34.727 0.266 0.023
8 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'34.863 0.402 0.136
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'34.866 0.405 0.003
10 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'34.887 0.426 0.021
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'34.899 0.438 0.012
12 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'34.924 0.463 0.025
13 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'34.945 0.484 0.021
14 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'34.946 0.485 0.001
15 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'34.955 0.494 0.009
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.983 0.522 0.028
17 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'35.085 0.624 0.102
18 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'35.385 0.924 0.300
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.873    
Q2 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'34.918 0.045 0.045
Q2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'34.949 0.076 0.031
Q2 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'35.023 0.150 0.074
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'35.050 0.177 0.027
20 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'35.061 0.188 0.011
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'35.062 0.189 0.001
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'35.082 0.209 0.020
23 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'35.258 0.385 0.176
24 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'35.286 0.413 0.028
25 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'35.880 1.007 0.594
26 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'35.967 1.094 0.087
27 69 Sean Dylan KELLY KTM 1'36.130 1.257 0.163
28 70 Tommaso MARCON NTS 1'36.238 1.365 0.108
29 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'36.345 1.472 0.107
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'36.727 1.854 0.382
31 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'36.854 1.981 0.127
32 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'29.394 54.521 52.540
Round Number: 
19
2019
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