2021 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Result: Untouchable

The night had fully set in by the time the Moto2 qualifying show got underway but there wasn’t much suspense left after Sam Lowes claimed top spot early in Q2. The Marc VDS rider went unchallenged until the checkered flag and secured the first pole position of the season. Rookie Raul Fernandez was also off to a great start in the intermediate class, securing a front row start from second position, only a tenth of a second down on pole. Another surprise presence at the front of the grid was Bo Bendsneyder, who not only found his way back into the intermediate class last minute but also rushed straight into third grid position.

Marco Bezzecchi was strong throughout practice and might have expected to be even closer to Lowes but the Italian opens the second row of the grid, joined by Joe Roberts and Remy Gardner. The Australian also had hopes of joining his teammate on the front row, but a yellow flag hindered his final flying lap.

Jake Dixon dropped to seventh position, not helped by a slight collision with teammate Xavi Vierge late in the session. Fabio Di Giannantonio aced Q1 to qualify in the middle of the third row, ahead of Jorge Navarro. Celestino Vietti also found his way out the first qualifying session to open row four ahead of Nicolo Bulega and Aron Canet. Somkiat Chantra and Lorenzo Dalla Porta also escaped Q1 to qualify 14th and 16th, while rookie Ai Ogura missed out by four hundredths of a second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'58.726    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'58.866 0.140 0.140
3 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'58.959 0.233 0.093
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.052 0.326 0.093
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'59.168 0.442 0.116
6 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'59.197 0.471 0.029
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'59.203 0.477 0.006
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.241 0.515 0.038
9 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'59.420 0.694 0.179
10 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'59.439 0.713 0.019
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'59.454 0.728 0.015
12 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'59.477 0.751 0.023
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'59.487 0.761 0.010
14 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'59.531 0.805 0.044
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'59.620 0.894 0.089
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'59.899 1.173 0.279
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'59.908 1.182 0.009
18 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'59.925 1.199 0.017
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.354    
Q2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'59.411 0.057 0.057
Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'59.446 0.092 0.035
Q2 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'59.452 0.098 0.006
19 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'59.498 0.144 0.046
20 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'59.638 0.284 0.140
21 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'59.667 0.313 0.029
22 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'59.673 0.319 0.006
23 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'59.710 0.356 0.037
24 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'59.819 0.465 0.109
25 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'00.015 0.661 0.196
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'00.135 0.781 0.120
27 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'00.173 0.819 0.038
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'00.644 1.290 0.471
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'02.566 3.212 1.922
Round Number: 
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2021
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