2020 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Result: Another Day In A Year Of Surprises

Although the sky stayed overcast, there was no more drizzle to cause worry for the intermediate class and the battle for pole position went to the very last lap – and it was a close one, with half a second covering the top 15 for most of the session. The ultimate winner was Stefano Manzi, whose name popped up at the top of the timesheets throughout the session but it was still a surprise first Moto2 pole for the Italian, who brings MV Agusta back to parc ferme. Another sensational addition to the front row was Hector Garzo, the Spaniard only one hundredth of a second away from pole, while the final spot on the front row went to European GP victor Marco Bezzecchi.

Fabio Di Giannantonio in fourth was only one tenth down on pole and will be joined on the second row by Q1 escapee Jorge Martin and his compatriot Marcos Ramirez. Marcel Schrotter opens row three from Q1 leader Lorenzo Baldassarri and a consistent Bo Bendsneyder, while Luca Marini completed the top ten and shares the fourth row with Simone Corsi and Enea Bastianini. The championship leader gives himself work to do once again from 12th on the grid, although the Italian was only four tenths off pole and his main rival in the championship seemed to struggle much more.

After his painful crash in FP3, it was confirmed that Sam Lowes escaped any fractures and the British rider was able to join the qualifying battle but was slow to get up to speed. He ended the session one second off the pace and will have to start 18th on the grid, at the back of sixth row, which he will share with Joe Roberts and Tom Luthi. The big losers of Q1 were Remy Gardner and Aron Canet, who rounded out the top 20.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'34.418    
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'34.431 0.013 0.013
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'34.494 0.076 0.063
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.524 0.106 0.030
5 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'34.647 0.229 0.123
6 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'34.705 0.287 0.058
7 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'34.730 0.312 0.025
8 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'34.757 0.339 0.027
9 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'34.769 0.351 0.012
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'34.798 0.380 0.029
11 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'34.802 0.384 0.004
12 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'34.826 0.408 0.024
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'34.864 0.446 0.038
14 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'34.899 0.481 0.035
15 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'34.949 0.531 0.050
16 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'34.966 0.548 0.017
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.140 0.722 0.174
18 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'35.413 0.995 0.273
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'34.804    
Q2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'34.808 0.004 0.004
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'34.810 0.006 0.002
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'34.849 0.045 0.039
19 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'34.878 0.074 0.029
20 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'34.927 0.123 0.049
21 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.148 0.344 0.221
22 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.176 0.372 0.028
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.179 0.375 0.003
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'35.226 0.422 0.047
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.286 0.482 0.060
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'35.540 0.736 0.254
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'35.969 1.165 0.429
28 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'36.168 1.364 0.199
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'36.515 1.711 0.347
Round Number: 
14
2020
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