2020 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: The Hat Trick

The intermediate class seemed to get the best conditions of the weekend, with track temperature generously going over the 20 degrees mark, although clouds intermittently came out to play. The confidence boost given by the weather didn’t seem to help the Moto2 grid, with quite a few crashes across the two qualifying sessions. Jorge Martin was a familiar face at the helm of Q2 early on, but the Spaniard sealed his fate with a crash at turn three and the yellow flags barely got a chance to come out by the time Jorge Navarro followed his example, keeping the marshals on their toes. The mishap allowed Sam Lowes to grab top spot but the attacks kept coming and in the end it was Joe Roberts who secured an excellent third pole position of the season by eight hundredths of a second.

Despite missing out on pole, another solid performance from Lowes sees him start from the middle of the front row, ahead of Remy Gardner. Martin’s early benchmark ensured him fourth on the grid even though he missed the final third of the session and the KTM man will be joined by SKY Racing duo Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. The championship leader put his turn 5 nightmare behind him and climbed as high as second before getting pushed back to sixth late on.

Xavi Vierge opens row three ahead of Jake Dixon and Enea Bastianini, the Italian clearly the fastest man in Q1 but only ninth fastest the second time out. Also escaping Q1 were Tom Luthi, Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio, with admirable performances given their circumstances. Di Giannantonio might have needed crutches to get to his machine but still qualified 11th, sharing fourth row with Canet, who is recovering from arm pump surgery, while Luthi crashed at turn 7 late in Q1 but was lucky to be able to bring his bike back in time for Q2 and qualify 14th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.256    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.343 0.087 0.087
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'36.449 0.193 0.106
4 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'36.522 0.266 0.073
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'36.577 0.321 0.055
6 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'36.668 0.412 0.091
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'36.737 0.481 0.069
8 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'36.826 0.570 0.089
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'36.840 0.584 0.014
10 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'36.877 0.621 0.037
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'36.879 0.623 0.002
12 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'36.881 0.625 0.002
13 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'36.930 0.674 0.049
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.947 0.691 0.017
15 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'37.014 0.758 0.067
16 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.277 1.021 0.263
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.335 1.079 0.058
18 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'37.556 1.300 0.221
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'36.731    
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.915 0.184 0.184
Q2 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'37.121 0.390 0.206
Q2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'37.325 0.594 0.204
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.411 0.680 0.086
20 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.415 0.684 0.004
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.432 0.701 0.017
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'37.512 0.781 0.080
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'37.579 0.848 0.067
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.779 1.048 0.200
25 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'37.830 1.099 0.051
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'37.907 1.176 0.077
27 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'37.984 1.253 0.077
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'38.533 1.802 0.549
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'38.863 2.132 0.330
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'39.947 3.216 1.084
Round Number: 
10
2020
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Comments

So happy to see Joe continuing to have pace. So sad to see it in a year with no race here in the States.

Go get 'em Joe !

Roberts Q2 didn't go as well as it could have. He went out first with the plan to ride in front to make his time, but he ran off slightly and re-entered amid a pack. After that every lap was cancelled except one, putting him at 18th (dead last). He came back in for a new tire and went out with a clear track with some 5 minutes left. His first flyer put him in 3rd. His second and last flyer topped the field. Whew!!!

Who threw what at Joe and why?  It seemed very disrespectful.